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.
Fish only good for expectant mums if mercury level is low

Fish only good for expectant mums if mercury level is low

Fish oil not a good idea for heart defibrillator patients

Fish oil not a good idea for heart defibrillator patients

Fish oil does not lower risk of serious heart rhythm abnormalities for patients with implantable defibrillators

Fish oil does not lower risk of serious heart rhythm abnormalities for patients with implantable defibrillators

Modifying your salt intake has the potential to prevent exercise-induced asthma

Modifying your salt intake has the potential to prevent exercise-induced asthma

Omega-3 combined with propofol may lead to new drugs to treat breast cancer

Omega-3 combined with propofol may lead to new drugs to treat breast cancer

New clue to understanding how fatty acids work in the brain

New clue to understanding how fatty acids work in the brain

'Bad' metabolism cloggs up arteries

'Bad' metabolism cloggs up arteries

Brain fatty acid levels linked to depression

Brain fatty acid levels linked to depression

Nutritional composition of a mother’s breast milk may depend not just on her diet - but on her genes

Nutritional composition of a mother’s breast milk may depend not just on her diet - but on her genes

Eating lots of fish during and after pregnancy reduces daughters' risk of developing breast cancer

Eating lots of fish during and after pregnancy reduces daughters' risk of developing breast cancer

First study of mercury and cognitive function in urban, U.S. adults

First study of mercury and cognitive function in urban, U.S. adults

No strong evidence linking blood mercury levels with worse neurobehavioral performance in older adults

No strong evidence linking blood mercury levels with worse neurobehavioral performance in older adults

Fish and soy oil help keep hearts healthy

Fish and soy oil help keep hearts healthy

Soy oil increases heart rate variability

Soy oil increases heart rate variability

Animi-3 may offer hope for rheumatoid arthritis

Animi-3 may offer hope for rheumatoid arthritis

Fish is brain food

Fish is brain food

Docosahexaenoic acid may protect against the accumulation of a protein believed to be linked to Alzheimer's disease

Docosahexaenoic acid may protect against the accumulation of a protein believed to be linked to Alzheimer's disease

Beneficial effects of Alpha-Linolenic acid in walnuts

Beneficial effects of Alpha-Linolenic acid in walnuts

Diet high in oily fish improves inflammatory conditions

Diet high in oily fish improves inflammatory conditions

High-fiber cereal can help keep diabetes, heart disease, and stroke at bay

High-fiber cereal can help keep diabetes, heart disease, and stroke at bay