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- Mar 23 2018
What Does Vitamin F Do For You?
It is made up of two fatty acids- Linoleic Acid (LA) and alpha-Linoleic Acid (LNA). Essential fatty acids are sometimes referred to as Vitamin F. EFA’s are of two basic categories- omega-3 and omega 6, which include linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. The body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids and so they have to be derived from food. The recommended dietary allowance of EFAs for adults is 1-2% of the total daily caloric intake. Their primary function is to repair and create tissue in the body.
Functions of Vitamin F
- Lowers blood cholesterol level
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- It brings suppleness and a youthful appearance to the skin. Hair becomes more shiny and healthy.
- They nourishes skin cells and is required for healthy mucous membranes and nerves
- Stimulates the growth of the beneficial intestinal bacteria.
- Regulates blood coagulation
- Reduces weight
- Supports the nervous system, cardiovascular health and circulatory function.
- It is essential for the proper working of the immune system
- Enhances joint function and makes movement easier
- Produces sex and adrenal hormones
- Stimulates the conversion of carotene into vitamin A.
Foods Rich in Vitamin F
Soyabeen, safflower, and corn oils are good sources of linoleic acid. Flaxseed oil is the best source of alpha-linolenic acid. Sunflower seeds are best nut and seed source of linoleic acid. Fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut are the rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Effects of vitamin F Deficiency
- A decrease in efficacy of immune system which results in slow healing and increased susceptibility to infections.
- Dull hair
- Hair loss
- Damage to the kidneys, heart, and liver
- Behavioural disturbances
- Dry eyes
- Rise in the blood pressure and cholesterol level
- Blood is more likely to form clots
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