Saturday, 15 March 2014

Function and Benefits of Vitamin F, Unsaturated Fatty Acids

Vitamin F is also known as Unsaturated Fatty Acids and incorporates Linoleic, Linolenic and Archidonic.  Vitamin F is a fat soluble vitamin so any excess you intake is stored by the body.

The body itself can synthesize Linolenic and Archidonic provided that you intake sufficient Linoleic Acid.

Main Functions of Vitamin F

The main functions of Vitamin F include:

·         Helping to burn saturated fat.
·         Repairing and creating tissue in the body.

Benefits of Vitamin F

The main benefits to the body of Vitamin F include:

·         Helping to prevent a build-up of cholesterol.
·         Helping to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.
·         Helping to regulate blood pressure.
·         Helping to keep the skin healthy.
·         Helping to keep the hair healthy.
·         Aiding with metabolism and weight loss.
·         Helping to balance hormones and glands.

Natural Sources of Vitamin F

Provided you get enough Linoleic Acid, the body can synthesize the other two unsaturated fatty acids (Linolenic and Archidonic).

Natural food sources of Vitamin F include:

·         Vegetable oils
·         Avocados
·         Nuts
·         Sunflower seeds
·         Flax seed
·         Soy bean
·         Wheat germ
·         Grape seed oil
·         Evening primrose oil
·         Fish

Daily Recommended Allowance of Vitamin F

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin F for adults is said to be around 1-2% of your daily calorie intake.

Vitamin F Deficiencies

Deficiencies of Vitamin F over a long period of time could include:

·         Eczema
·         Dry skin
·         Dry eyes
·         Acne
·         Easy bruising of the skin
·         Slow healing of wounds
·         Hair problems, such as thinning or loss of hair
·         Dandruff
·         High cholesterol
·         Increase in blood pressure
·         Excess weight

Side-effects of Too Much Vitamin F

There is no known toxicity of Vitamin F.

N.B.   It’s always advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional if you have any concerns regarding your health or nutrient intake.

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