Omega 3 Fatty Acid News and Research

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Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), consisting of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Oily fish, including anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and salmon, are the only known natural sources of Omega-3 EPA/DHA. ALA is found in plants, such as flax and chia. It is important to note that only EPA and DHA contribute to the many health benefits associated with Omega-3. While the body can convert ALA into EPA/DHA, it does so very inefficiently (less than one percent), making it impossible to derive Omega-3-related health benefits from plant sources. Furthermore, although Omega-3 EPA/DHA is vital to overall good health, the human body is not able to produce it on its own, so supplementation is required, either by eating oily fish or foods fortified with Omega-3 EPA/DHA, or by taking fish oil supplements.
URMC researchers discover how omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil could be used for asthma patients

URMC researchers discover how omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil could be used for asthma patients

Taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy can reduce risk of childhood asthma by one third

Taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy can reduce risk of childhood asthma by one third

UAB researchers show how aging and excess dietary fat lead to heart failure

UAB researchers show how aging and excess dietary fat lead to heart failure

DHA intake can prevent known trigger of lupus, study finds

DHA intake can prevent known trigger of lupus, study finds

Decrease in physical activity and concentration of fish oil linked to depressed mood among veterans

Decrease in physical activity and concentration of fish oil linked to depressed mood among veterans

Certain fatty acids may increase diabetes risk in women, study finds

Certain fatty acids may increase diabetes risk in women, study finds

Injecting omega-3 fatty acid reduces brain damage in neonatal mouse model of stroke

Injecting omega-3 fatty acid reduces brain damage in neonatal mouse model of stroke

Study links Omega 6 fatty acid in adipose tissue to lower mortality among older men

Study links Omega 6 fatty acid in adipose tissue to lower mortality among older men

Omega-3 rich diet during pregnancy has no effect on weight of babies

Omega-3 rich diet during pregnancy has no effect on weight of babies

Blood levels of omega-3s fatty acids linked to lower risk of deadly heart attacks

Blood levels of omega-3s fatty acids linked to lower risk of deadly heart attacks

Walnut consumption linked to reduced risk of developing physical function impairments in older women

Walnut consumption linked to reduced risk of developing physical function impairments in older women

ANK3 and other genes may play key role in affecting mood, stress and longevity

ANK3 and other genes may play key role in affecting mood, stress and longevity

Eating seafood once a week may protect against age-related memory loss

Eating seafood once a week may protect against age-related memory loss

Fructose common in western diet can damage brain genes

Fructose common in western diet can damage brain genes

Children of salmon-eating mothers less likely to develop asthma

Children of salmon-eating mothers less likely to develop asthma

Daily walnut consumption positively impacts blood cholesterol levels in older adults

Daily walnut consumption positively impacts blood cholesterol levels in older adults

Omega-6 fatty acids can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

Omega-6 fatty acids can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

Fatty acid supplement can help reduce early preterm births

Fatty acid supplement can help reduce early preterm births

New meta-analysis supports link between intake of omega-3 fatty acids and reduction in MDD

New meta-analysis supports link between intake of omega-3 fatty acids and reduction in MDD

Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive function in older adults

Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive function in older adults