A selection from Chapter 7, "Beneficial Fats and Oils"
LA and LNA
The EFAs linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) also are essential to us. Experts believe deficiency of these fatty acids is widespread in the American population. Because we cannot produce LA and LNA in our bodies, we need to obtain them from eating specific kinds of oil. To understandtheir importance, let's look at the symptoms of LA and LNA deficiency. Without an adequate supply of LA, we may experience kidney degeneration, excessive thirst, chronic infections, arthritis, eczema, hair loss, and behavioral disturbances. Symptoms of LNA deficiency include...