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FATS

Fats are one of the three main components of the food we eat. The body uses fat as a fuel source, and fat is the major storage form of energy in the body. Fat also has many other important functions in the body. You need some fat in your diet for good health. Too much fat or too much of the wrong type of fat can be unhealthy. Oil and butter contain fat. Nuts, meat, fish, and some dairy products contain fat, too.

 

FATTY ACIDS

Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies. They also can be found in the food we eat. When we digest fats, they are broken down into fatty acids. These fatty acids can then be absorbed into the blood.

 

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia has no tissue pathology or abnormal blood tests or scans. Two systems occur. First is pain in specific muscle trigger points involving 4 different quadrants. Second is sleep disturbances including inability to fall asleep as well as stay asleep. It has been speculated to be an autoimmune disease. Symptomatic treatment improves quality of life.

 

FOLIC ACID

Promotes normal red blood cell formation. Maintains the nervous system, intestinal tract, sex organs, white blood cells and normal patterns of growth. Regulates embryonic and fetal development of nerve cells. Promotes normal growth and development. Treats anemias due to folic-acid deficiency occurring from alcoholism, liver disease, hemolytic anemia, sprue, pregnancy, breast-feeding and oral contraceptives. Foods high in folic acid include leafy green vegetables, legumes, sunflower seeds and liver.

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