What is it and where does it come from?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are so named because of the structure of their carbon-carbon bond in the omega-3 position.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods like wild salmon, mackerel, tuna fish, lamb, flax seeds, hemp, kiwi fruit and walnuts.
Alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) belong to the Omega-3 fatty acid group.
What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Omega-3 fatty acids are classified as “essential” because the body can’t make them from other substances and they must, therefore, be obtained through diet or supplementation.
Scientific research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids affect cardiovascular health and brain health.*
Omega-3 fatty acids have been extensively studied and their effect on cardiovascular health is intriguing. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids promote a healthy cardiovascular system and support long-term cardiovascular health.1,2*
It has been suggested that the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular health is because omega-3 fatty acids support healthy cholesterol levels already in normal range.3* Other studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids also promote healthy blood flow and circulation.4*
The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on heart and cardiovascular health prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to state that “supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”5
Omega-3 fatty acids have also been extensively studied for their effects on brain health and general brain function. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids support brain health, optimum cognition and thinking, in addition to supporting normal moods.*
Learn more about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids on Clayton South’s Health Facts.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to human nutrition and a minimum daily intake of 1.6grams/day for men and 1.1grams/day for women has been established.
Children’s research shows that omega-3 deficiency during childhood and result in poor development all health.7
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
An acceptable intake (AI) of 1.6grams/day for men and 1.1grams/day for women has been established. However, always follow label directions.
Excess consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can result in bleeding, blood sugar problems for diabetics, an increase in oxidation and free-radical damage and immune system suppression.
Consult with a physician before using any dietary supplement.
Republished from Clayton South’s Health Facts.