HOME >Conisidering the importance of fats amongthe five major nutrients


  Now, many people in developed countries are swayed by rhapsodies over metabolic syndrome/cholesterol, and are at the mercy of distorted nutritional information that is hostile to oil and carbohydrates. It is essential to human health to ingest a good balance of the five major nutrients that include proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Among these are essential nutrients that cannot be synthesized by the body. For example, linoleic acid (n-6) and α−linolenic acid (n-3) are essential fatty acids from which arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and prostaglandin are produced (figure), maintaining the homeostasis of life.
Essential fatty acids support such functions as cell membrane fluidity, the skin barrier, reproductive functions, the body’s growth, and brain and nerve cell function. Unlike fatty acids which can easily be ingested from meat, fish and vegetable oils, it is difficult to consume the required amount of γ- linolenic acid in diet, and since its synthesis in the body is also low, it is considered a fatty acid which easily becomes deficient.




Health Science Laboratoy   

Ph.D Masayasu Inoue