Vitamin F

Vitamin F is the so-called recently some scientists unsaturated fatty acids - linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids that are contained in a separate fats and oils. The first two linoleic and linolenic acids - found only in oils of vegetable origin, not synthesized in an organism of animals and are therefore called essential fatty acids. Especially a lot of linoleic acid in sunflower oil. Arachidonic acid is a conditionally essential. It is found only in animal fats and synthesized, apparently, in the animal body from linoleic and linolenic acids. The lack of essential fatty acids in food animals, causes a skin disease, impaired growth and lactation.
The value of these acids in human nutrition only it turns out. It is known, for example, that the inclusion in human food vegetable oils containing linoleic and linolenic acids, helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood and prevents the deposition of it in the walls of blood vessels, thus preventing development of atherosclerosis. According to some data, the incidence of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease among the population of individual countries depends on the amount of fats in food and nature of these fats. The high content of animal fat in food contributes to increased atherosclerosis. It is particularly important to limit the content of animal fat in the diet of older people, replacing it with vegetable oil.
Attempts to use vitamin F to treat certain skin diseases.