Phytochemicals can change fatty acids metabolism, can accumulate in cell membranes, and affect cell membrane structure and processes, gene expression and inflammation.
Men and women have different nutritional needs, particularly the ability to metabolize fat.
Total dietary fat intake has a significant effect on fatty acid metabolism and is an important factor in determination of how much of which fatty acids should be consumed. For example, it was a widely held assumption that monounsaturated fatty acids (olive oils) are heart healthy, but this is too simplistic.
Different diets affect the human physiology in different ways. For example, people who eat fish need fewer of certain vitamins and sterols than those who eat primarily meat or vegetables.
Antioxidants can change fatty acids metabolism and are harmful in excess. At low levels lipid peroxidation can exert beneficial effects, but at high level it may lead to pathological disorders and diseases.
Research on health effects of PUFA is abundant and scientists at Asha are very significant contributors in this field. Asha’s Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Undurti N. Das, is a thought leader in this field and has published 450 scientific papers and three books.