What are fatty acids?
Fatty acids are carboxylic acids with long hydrocarbon chains needed by the human body to produce energy. Fatty acids can be separated into four types: saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated (Omega 3), and monounsaturated (Omega 9), where saturated fatty acids are normally solid at room temperature and can be obtained from animal sources. Unsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, are in liquid form at room temperature and mostly obtainable from plants. Being called the golden grain of the plant, sacha inchi oil contains extremely rich Omega 3 fatty acids, the essential components to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis, as well as a substantial amount of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids required by our body.
Why do we need more omega 3 in our diet?
Omega 3 and omega 6 are fatty acids that are only obtainable from the foods we eat every day, while omega 9 can be produced by the human body from unsaturated fats, therefore it is not classified as the essential fats in our diet. The reason why we need more omega 3 fatty acids instead of omega 6 is that, compared to omega 3, omega 6 fatty acids are accessible more easily. The cooking oils which we consume every day, such as sunflower, peanut, and corn oil furnish us with sufficient amount of omega 6 fatty acids, but there are only a few edible oils that contain the omega 3 fatty acids that are crucial for a balanced and healthy diet, with sacha inchi oil being one of them.
What will happen if we are lacking omega 3 in our diet?
If our body does not get enough omega 3 fatty acids as it should be, this will lead to a series of health problems, called omega-3 deficiency symptoms. When the level of omega 3 in your body is too low, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Dry skin, brittle hair, and thin nails that peel and crack easily. Omega 3 fatty acids help to build up the cell walls, if you are lacking omega 3, red rashes on the skin and dandruff could also be the possible consequences.
- Joint pain and leg cramps. Omega 3 fatty acids have outstanding anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce swelling and inflammation in our body.
- Cardiovascular concerns. Omega 3 is proven to be the fatty acid that can increase good (HDL) cholesterol and reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood vessels which at the same time decreases the risk of heart disease.
- Difficulties in memorization and concentrating. Lack of omega 3 can result in problems in memorizing and focusing and this can contribute to petulance and anxiety as well.
Sacha Inchi Oil Fatty Acids Compared to Other Oils
As a country with abundant natural resources, there are many types of oil used and consumed by Malaysians in the daily diet. The most common cooking oils used in households and the catering industry in Malaysia are generally palm, sunflower, peanut, and corn oils. Let’s take a look at the contents of each oil in the context of beneficial fatty acids.