Vegetable oils: source of unsaturated essential fatty acids
Do you know what saturated, unsaturated, essential fatty acids are?
And the Omegas? Any alternative to fish oils?
At Q’omer® we have available a great variety of vegetable oils that come from raw materials that grow in regions of Latin America, with extensive nutritional and functional properties in the food industry and also very interesting for cosmetic applications.
Lately we see many supplements enriched with unsaturated fatty acids Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, etc But do we really know what we are talking about? Contrary to what we hear about nutritional advice, it seems that not all fats are harmful to our bodies. Indeed, fats are basic constituents of our organism and make up part of the membrane of each of our cells, in addition to being part of the substance that covers our precious neurons and are the basis of many of the hormones.
But there is a drawback to the development of all these normal functions and that is that not all lipids or fats can be synthesized in our own organism, so we have to ingest them through food.
In this case we are talking about essential fatty acids, which we must take from external sources. These fatty acids can be saturated or unsaturated depending on the chemical structure of these substances, the form of their bonds is decisive in their functions and in the determination of their properties. Thus in saturated fatty acids the chemical structure is of simple bonds, while in unsaturated fatty acids we find double chemical bonds.
Since Q’omer® we offer several vegetable oils with unsaturated fatty acids. From the Andes we bring seed oil of Chia, Lino, Sacha inchi, Perilla with a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6; as the Alfalinolenic acid: an essential fatty acid that is a precursor in our body of fatty acids EPA and DHA, scientifically recognized for their biological interest in the body as precursors, in turn important substances in the organism. Something very similar happens with linoleic acid, another essential fatty acid very present in vegetable oils.
The intake of these essential fatty acids has great health benefits such as:
Cardiovascular: These fatty acids can be used for the synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids with cardioprotective effects in the body. Thus, after its assimilation, Alfalinolenic rapidly becomes EPA and more slowly DHA which decrease cardiac arrhythmias and can protect the circulatory system from thrombosis.
Human studies have shown that an intake of linoleic acid or alpha-linolenic acid reduces cardiovascular mortality.
Blood pressure is reduced. In addition, these fats, by the fact of being unsaturated, can produce a decrease in blood pressure by replacing a diet rich in saturated fat with unsaturated fat (both monounsaturated and polynsaturated).
Prevention of diabetes. The type of fat consumed may influence glucose and insulin metabolism, and the intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids decreases the risk of type II diabetes.
Inflammatory processes. They are also involved in the metabolism of inflammatory processes and are beneficial for coping with them.
In addition to those already mentioned there are other well-known monounsaturated acids, including among our oils, such as oleic acid, the majority fatty acid in olive oil, which is an Omeag 9 fatty acid.
Food supplements. In case we do not get through our daily diet these unsaturated fatty acids, we can benefit from all their potential, especially from Omega 3 and Omega 6, through the oils of pumpkin, chia, pomegranate, flax, goatee, sacha inchi; from food supplements.
Alternative to fish oil supplement
From Q’omer® other vegetable sources of fatty acids are offered, alternatives to those already known, brought directly from the native regions of Latin America. We have an alternative to fish oil based supplements, without disregarding the very important EPA and DHA acids as they are metabolized from fatty acids in vegetable oils.
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Besides being a great source of substances with a high nutritional value, these oils from very novel raw materials, are very interesting for cosmetic applications.
They are suitable for people who want to include unsaturated fatty acids in their diet but do not consume food from animal raw materials.
In a market where the value of nature, care, health and well-being is increasingly important, Q’omer continues to work and research new products that can be purely natural to offer to consumers.