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 oil reverses age-related ailments

Fish oil reverses age-related ailments

Research continues to show the cardiovascular benefits of fish consumption or omega-3 fatty acids

Research continues to show the cardiovascular benefits of fish consumption or omega-3 fatty acids

Fish oils appear to reduce breast cancer risk

Fish oils appear to reduce breast cancer risk

Treatment with vitamin A and an omega-3 fatty acid slows down the progression of retinitis pigmentosa

Treatment with vitamin A and an omega-3 fatty acid slows down the progression of retinitis pigmentosa

Health claims for omega-3 rich conventional food now allowed

Health claims for omega-3 rich conventional food now allowed

Health claim for omega-3 fatty acids should help consumers reduce risk of coronary heart disease

Health claim for omega-3 fatty acids should help consumers reduce risk of coronary heart disease

Omega-3 supplement may help protect against Alzheimer's

Omega-3 supplement may help protect against Alzheimer's

Salmon fed with large amounts of omega-3 fatty acid better for cardiac patients than salmon fed with vegetable oil

Salmon fed with large amounts of omega-3 fatty acid better for cardiac patients than salmon fed with vegetable oil

Never mind the gills here's the oyster gonads

Never mind the gills here's the oyster gonads

Overcoming the problems associated with adding omega-3s to food

Overcoming the problems associated with adding omega-3s to food

Infants whose mothers have higher levels of an essential omega-3 fatty acid show more advanced cognitive development

Infants whose mothers have higher levels of an essential omega-3 fatty acid show more advanced cognitive development

Omega-3's - fatty acids, can be produced in bioengineered plants

Omega-3's - fatty acids, can be produced in bioengineered plants

Pregnant female asthmatics who eat oily fish may be helping to protect their children against developing asthma

Pregnant female asthmatics who eat oily fish may be helping to protect their children against developing asthma

Study suggests that the vitamins, such as E, C, and beta carotene, could raise bad form of cholesterol

Study suggests that the vitamins, such as E, C, and beta carotene, could raise bad form of cholesterol

People with uncontrolled epilepsy have low levels of a certain fatty acid

People with uncontrolled epilepsy have low levels of a certain fatty acid

Diets like Atkins could help prevent Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's disease

Diets like Atkins could help prevent Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's disease

Scientists have developed a better form of omega-3 fish oil

Scientists have developed a better form of omega-3 fish oil

Fish oil reduces heart attack and blood vessel disease

Fish oil reduces heart attack and blood vessel disease

Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood improve brain function

Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood improve brain function

Walnuts prevent heart disease

Walnuts prevent heart disease