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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.
Fish consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Fish consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Systematic review: Role of walnut consumption on cardiovascular risk factors

Systematic review: Role of walnut consumption on cardiovascular risk factors

Walnut consumption linked to lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes

Walnut consumption linked to lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes

Essential fats in diet may regulate protein secretion in muscles by altering gene expression

Essential fats in diet may regulate protein secretion in muscles by altering gene expression

Study shows fatty fish and camelina oil boost HDL and IDL cholesterol

Study shows fatty fish and camelina oil boost HDL and IDL cholesterol

Maternal intake of DHA supplement linked to higher fat-free body mass in children

Maternal intake of DHA supplement linked to higher fat-free body mass in children

Omega-3 Index better predicts risk for death than serum cholesterol, study shows

Omega-3 Index better predicts risk for death than serum cholesterol, study shows

Camelina oil has positive effect on blood cholesterol levels

Camelina oil has positive effect on blood cholesterol levels

Neonatology experts examine effects of new intravenous nutrition for extremely low birth weight preemies

Neonatology experts examine effects of new intravenous nutrition for extremely low birth weight preemies

Children with high blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids less likely to develop asthma or rhinitis

Children with high blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids less likely to develop asthma or rhinitis

Fish oil component provides long-term preconditioning protection for vision cells

Fish oil component provides long-term preconditioning protection for vision cells

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Nutrition-related strategies may modify inflammation of aging, report reveals

Nutrition-related strategies may modify inflammation of aging, report reveals

Researchers identify gene variants linked to both type 2 diabetes and CHD risk

Researchers identify gene variants linked to both type 2 diabetes and CHD risk

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions

Diet determines seizure latency: Estrogen production in the brain linked to omega-3 fatty acid intake

Diet determines seizure latency: Estrogen production in the brain linked to omega-3 fatty acid intake

Walnuts may contribute to better health by changing makeup of gut bacteria

Walnuts may contribute to better health by changing makeup of gut bacteria

Research shows how dietary essential fatty acids can help treat Alzheimer’s, other diseases

Research shows how dietary essential fatty acids can help treat Alzheimer’s, other diseases

Scientists receive $2.3 million NIH grant to uncover how omega-3 fatty acid stops lupus trigger

Scientists receive $2.3 million NIH grant to uncover how omega-3 fatty acid stops lupus trigger

Study opens door to possibility that nutritional intervention could prevent Alzheimer's disease

Study opens door to possibility that nutritional intervention could prevent Alzheimer's disease