June 25

Essential Fatty Acids- Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential bioactive compounds we need for many of our normal body functions. Essential Fatty acids or EFAs are considered “essential” meaning the body cannot manufacture them. Sources must be consumed from components of food. Research shows Omega-3 Fatty Acids is effective in maintaining cardiovascular health. Omega 3 is concentrated in the brain and is an important component of cognitive and behavioral functions. For this reason, in June 2014, the FDA took the unprecedented step of recommending a minimum amount of omega 3 fatty acid several groups. These groups were pregnant women, nursing mothers and women who may become pregnant, as well as children. It was based on information which shows help with fetal growth and development. They recommended having up to 12 ounces per week of low mercury fish such as Pollack, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, catfish, cod and canned light tuna.

But fear not vegetarians or vegans… The principal Omega-3 Fatty Acids are alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), found in select plants and nuts, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are found in marine life.

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You can get your blood levels checked for omega 3 fatty acids and certain tests such as compliance scores on body composition tests can let you know about your levels.


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