Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids are plant-based ‘short-chain’ fatty acids, divided into two families known as omega-3 and omega-6. Once these fats are consumed we have the chemical machinery in the form of enzymes to modify and convert these fats into more useful fats, known as ‘long-chain’ fatty acids. Whilst short-chain fatty acids have a major role in energy supply, the long-chain fatty acids play a significant role in regulating inflammation, the immune response and the cardiovascular system, through their conversion to hormone-like substances called eicosanoids.

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