Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food. Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are important for good health. The body cannot make these fatty acids on its own so omega-3s must be obtained from food. These different types of acids can be obtained in foods such as cold-water fish including tuna, salmon, and mackerel. Other important omega 3 fatty acids are found in dark green leafy vegetables, Flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils.
- Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be beneficial for the heart.
- Positive effects include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions.
- lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure.
- These fatty acids may also reduce the risks and symptoms for other disorders including diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, some cancers, and mental decline.
Source: NLM_NIH; www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/19302.htm
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