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Once you've decided on an appropriate vitamin and mineral formula along the lines of Basic #3, there is another vital nutrient group that should be part of any permanent plan. Ever wonder why your doctor advises you to take one baby aspirin a day? It's because it thins your blood and helps it flow more easily through your veins, carrying nutrients to your cells and brain. It also protects your arteries from forming plaque.

Well, the essential fatty acids (EFA) do the same thing, without the side effects of aspirin. EFAs also keep your hair, skin and nails healthy. The typical American diet tends to be deficient in EFAs, particularly omega-3s. You won't find them in a multiple vitamin/mineral because oils don't mix well with the dry powders that are pressed into tablets.

There are three types of EFAs: Omega-9 fatty acids are readily available in olive oil, but you need supplements to get adequate amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 oils. The former come from animal sources (fish and marine mammals primarily) and vegetable sources, such as flaxseed oil, which provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Omega-6, also known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA), is contained in borage oil and black-currant oil. I usually suggest one capsule of borage oil, one of fish oil and one of flaxseed oil. My Essential Oils Formula contains all of the above, and the minimum dose is two per day.

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