Omega 3: Fatty Acid Overview

Found in a variety of foods omega-3 fatty acids are known to have a positive effect on health. They help slow buildup of crud in the blood-vessels. They may also have a beneficial effect on people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely vital in brain function.

Omega-3 functions to aid in the efficient operation of the body's cells. Cell membranes are composed largely of fatty acids. They actively transport nutrients into the cell from the bloodstream and expel waste matter. They also stimulate anti-cancer substances and act as an antioxidant to fight free radicals.

Omega-3 can be obtained from dietary sources, especially fish such as salmon and mackerel. These fatty acids are also present in English walnuts, and several cooking oils, including, canola, olive, flaxseed and linseed oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids are not made in the body. They must be acquired from either dietary sources or supplements. Most people do not obtain enough omega-3 from foods for optimum health. Omega-3 supplements are an excellent way to ensure sufficient amounts are taken in by the body. Although toxins such as mercury can be concentrated in the fatty acids of fish. Processes have been developed by reputable manufacturers to ensure that these toxins are removed.

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