Resource Centre Essential Fatty Acids for Future Health

A balanced and healthy lifestyle that includes a diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins is critical for good health in children/ in childhood. This paper shows the importance of essential fats, linoleic acid and α-linolenic acid, for the healthy growth and development of children. These essential fatty acids also assist in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and may have a beneficial role in cognitive and immune function in children as well as in adults.


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