Vitamin F – Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

Vitamin F (Fatty acids)

Other name :: Fatty acids

Vitamin F, essential fatty acids are composed of two fatty acids – linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linoleic acid (LNA) – with linoleic acid being the most complete fatty acid. There are two basic categories of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) – omega-3 and omega-6 which include linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. The body is not capable of manufacturing essential fatty acids, while the fatty acid arachidonic acid can be synthesized in the body from linoleic acid.

Actions and benefits of vitamin F

  • Lowers blood cholesterol.
  • Help slower risk of heart disease.
  • Helps adrenal glands.
  • To the skin, it brings suppleness and a youthful appearance and hair becomes more shiny and healthy
  • Beneficial in intestinal bacteria.

Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin F

When more may be required

People that are overweight, have dry eyes, bruise easily and have frequent infections may consider increasing their intake as well as those on a low fat diet or with a dry skin, dandruff or brittle nails.

Best food sources of vitamin F

Unprocessed and unrefined vegetable oils, flaxseed, linseed, safflower and sunflower oil, nuts, olive oil, wheat germ

How to use vitamin F

Available as:

Liquid: the best form due to its high bio availability and fast absorption. Always choose liquid as your first choice when supplementing your diet.

Tablets: available

Storage:

Heat and/or moisture may alter the vitamin. Refrigeration is recommended.

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