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Benefits of Vitamin F

By Leigh Wittman

Vitamin F, also commonly referred to as essential fatty acids, is fat soluble and composed of basic categories, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, according to "Discovering Nutrition," by Paul Insell, et al. The body is incapable of manufacturing vitamin F, according to "Foundations and Clinical Applications of Nutrition," by Michele Grodner, et al, which requires that you consume, either in vitamin F-rich foods or a supplement, adequate amounts of it to experience its benefits.

Maintains Healthy Skin and Nails

Vitamin F is essential to the growth and maintenance of healthy skin and nails, according to "Discovering Nutrition." Without adequate amounts of vitamin F, skin and nails will be dry, thin and brittle, resulting in easy bruising, skin tears and slow nail growth, reports "Foundations and Clinical Applications of Nutrition." When you consume adequate amounts of vitamin F, nails are shiny and strong and skin is smooth and not prone to bruising, writes Gordon M. Wardlaw in "Contemporary Nutrition."

Reduces LDL Cholesterol

Low-density lipids, commonly known as LDL or bad cholesterol, can be reduced in the blood by consuming adequate amounts of vitamin F, according to "Discovering Nutrition." By reducing your LDL, you can improve your overall circulation, which will lead to improved healing and reduce the risk of infection, reports "Foundations and Clinical Applications of Nutrition."

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Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Vitamin F improves heart function and reduces the risk of heart disease, according to "Foundations and Clinical Applications of Nutrition." The risk of heart disease, which encompasses a variety of potentially fatal cardiac disorders, is greatly diminished due to overall cardiac health that is supported by vitamin F, according to "Discovering Nutrition." Though any amount of vitamin F will reduce your risk of heart disease, "Contemporary Nutrition," advises that consuming vitamin F daily as part of your diet will lead to the greatest results.

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