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.
Fat chance of getting consistent advice on diets

Fat chance of getting consistent advice on diets

Low fat diets - are they of benefit? who knows!

Low fat diets - are they of benefit? who knows!

Fatty acids such as those found in corn oil turn on genes that stimulate tumor growth

Fatty acids such as those found in corn oil turn on genes that stimulate tumor growth

No link between reduced cancer risk and Omega-3 fatty acids

No link between reduced cancer risk and Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids appear not to reduce cancer risk

Omega-3 fatty acids appear not to reduce cancer risk

Babies brainier when Mum eats fish

Babies brainier when Mum eats fish

Mental illness linked to diet

Mental illness linked to diet

Fish oil may improve behaviour of children with special educational needs

Fish oil may improve behaviour of children with special educational needs

Fish oil shown to reduce airway inflammation caused by exercise-induced asthma

Fish oil shown to reduce airway inflammation caused by exercise-induced asthma

Fish oil supplements prevent declines in heart rate variability

Fish oil supplements prevent declines in heart rate variability

Altering the composition of fats of every-day foods

Altering the composition of fats of every-day foods

New insights into pain mechanisms

New insights into pain mechanisms

Comparison of the risks and benefits of fish consumption

Comparison of the risks and benefits of fish consumption

Eating fish lowers risk of dementia

Eating fish lowers risk of dementia

Study - no effect of fish oil on life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia

Study - no effect of fish oil on life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia

Omega-6 fatty acids promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory

Omega-6 fatty acids promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory

Study says low-fat diet reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence

Study says low-fat diet reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence

Americans need to eat more fish

Americans need to eat more fish

Abnormal heart rate variability is partially responsible for depression's effects in heart patients

Abnormal heart rate variability is partially responsible for depression's effects in heart patients

Fish may help prevent heart failure as well as heart attacks

Fish may help prevent heart failure as well as heart attacks