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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.
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

Excess comorbidity flagged in MS patients

Excess comorbidity flagged in MS patients

Vertical Pharmaceuticals launches breakthrough prenatal vitamin supplement: OB Complete Gold

Vertical Pharmaceuticals launches breakthrough prenatal vitamin supplement: OB Complete Gold

Higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids could boost B vitamins' effect in preventing cognitive decline

Higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids could boost B vitamins' effect in preventing cognitive decline

Researchers find lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in people with bipolar disorder

Researchers find lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in people with bipolar disorder

Multicenter trial compares popular treatments for menopause-related vaginal symptoms

Multicenter trial compares popular treatments for menopause-related vaginal symptoms

New research finds insufficient evidence for use of Omega 3 supplements in treating major depressive disorder

New research finds insufficient evidence for use of Omega 3 supplements in treating major depressive disorder

Researchers use new software tool to identify genetic overlaps between palmitoleic acid and Crohn's disease

Researchers use new software tool to identify genetic overlaps between palmitoleic acid and Crohn's disease

Pivotal Therapeutics reports net loss of $1.2 million for first quarter 2015

Pivotal Therapeutics reports net loss of $1.2 million for first quarter 2015

Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive flexibility in older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease

Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive flexibility in older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease

New study finds that walnuts have potential to benefit overall health

New study finds that walnuts have potential to benefit overall health

Researchers discover retina protein crucial for vision

Researchers discover retina protein crucial for vision

Study: Omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect heart function among heart attack survivors

Study: Omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect heart function among heart attack survivors

Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids may optimize brain serotonin concentrations and function

Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids may optimize brain serotonin concentrations and function

Omega-3 could supplement anti-VEGF treatment in AMD

Omega-3 could supplement anti-VEGF treatment in AMD

Researchers discover novel compound that helps curtail progression of temporal lobe epilepsy

Researchers discover novel compound that helps curtail progression of temporal lobe epilepsy

Walnuts may improve cognitive function

Walnuts may improve cognitive function