Fatty acids: the good, the bad and the ugly

The spread of the “Western diet” has been attributed to higher levels of obesity throughout the world. These diets, rich in saturated fats, are known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a number of other life-threatening conditions.

Saturated fats from animal products like butter and lard are obviously linked to adverse health effects, and recently, there has been a lot of buzz over mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Omega-3s, for example, are thought to have a range of positive health effects, from increasing energy to lowering blood pressure. But what causes the two to have such vastly different health effects?

New research published in the September 30, 2011, issue of the journal Cell, delves into the difference in risks and health benefits between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. By understanding the difference between how the body uses fats like omega-3s and how it uses saturated fats, scientists may get closer to finding a “cure” for obesity.

More research is needed to be conclusive, however, what is known for now is that adequate levels of PUFAs are vital to good health. OmegaKrill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals is the perfect supplement for anyone looking to up his intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

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