‘Triply essential’ versus ‘derivative’ fatty acids

Fatty acids for human use come in two forms:

  • ‘derivative’ fatty acids,

which are made by the body for specific purposes from the ‘doubly essential’ or ‘triply essential’ fatty acids it has consumed

  • ‘doubly essential’ or ‘triply essential’ fatty acids,

which the body obtains by eating plants and non-human animal products because it cannot make them (the fatty acids) itself. There are two: omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

(17624)  Nick Anderson. Green Health Watch 53 27.7.2019

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