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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.
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

Study reveals critical role of omega-3 fatty acids in preserving integrity of the blood-brain barrier

Study reveals critical role of omega-3 fatty acids in preserving integrity of the blood-brain barrier

Researchers show how fish oil component helps in survival of injured retina, brain cells

Researchers show how fish oil component helps in survival of injured retina, brain cells

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes to increase risk for severe brain disorders

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes to increase risk for severe brain disorders

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