Kirkman's EFA Powder is a multifunctional nutritional food that has excellent rationale in supporting good health. It supplies omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, along with much needed protein and fiber, in a pleasant tasting, easy to use (see next section) form that makes it easy for parents to supplement these important nutrients to the whole family.
EFA stands for "essential fatty acids." The word "essential" as used in describing omega-3 and omega-6 compounds means that the body cannot produce them on its own, so they must be consumed in our diet. Essential fatty acids are either omega-3 oils or omega-6 oils. Some sources of omega-3 are: cod liver oil, fish oils, flax oil, flaxseed and leafy green vegetables. Some nuts also contain omega-3s (e.g. walnuts). Omega-6 sources are: corn oil, wheat germ oil, soy oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, black current oil plus many other cooking oils.
Almost all processed foods are very high in omega-6s. Essential fatty acids play critical roles in body structure and function. In fact, life cannot be sustained without them. Some are transformed to regulating compounds called prostaglandins in the body; these prostaglandins, along with essential fatty acids, are responsible for supporting the critical body functions listed below:
-pressure regulation in the eye, joints and blood vessels
-division of cells (growth and healing processes)
-response to pain, swelling and inflammation
-oxygen transport from cells to tissues
-maintaining health of cell membranes
-supporting immune response
-providing energy to the heart muscle
|Serving Size: 10 grams|
Servings Per Container: 45
|Ingredient||Amount||% Daily Value**|
|Calories from Fat||40|
| ** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
† Daily Value not established.
Milled stabilized flaxseed.
As a rule of thumb, adults should supplement with at least 10 grams (two heaping teaspoons) up to 20 grams daily of EFA and children should use 5 grams (one heaping teasoon) to 10 grams daily. That dosage translates into each teaspoon of EFA supplying 2 grams of fatty acids. Of those two grams, about 1.2 grams will be omega-3. Also, the dosage does not have to be the same each day. A little more or less on a given day is not critical, nor is there any danger of overdose.
EFA has a pleasant, nutty flavor that can be easily incorporated in foods. It can be sprinkled on cereal, or mixed in applesauce, mashed potatoes, pudding or any other viscous food. Ice cream or sherbet are other good vehicles. For baking purposes, EFA can be substituted for the fat used in baking at a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, 1 1/2 cups can replace 1/2 cup of butter, margarine, shortening or cooking oil in a traditional recipe. Because goods made with flaxseed brown rapidly, cooking times should be followe