What are omega-3 fatty acids and what do they do?
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What are omega-3 fatty acids and what do they do?

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What are omega-3 fatty acids and what do they do?


Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods, such as fish and flaxseed, and in dietary supplements, such as fish oil.


The three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found mainly in plant oils such as flaxseed, soybean, and canola oils. DHA and EPA are found in fish and other seafood.


ALA is an essential fatty acid, meaning that your body can’t make it, so you must get  it from the foods and beverages you consume. Your body can convert some ALA into EPA and then to DHA, but only in very small amounts. Therefore, getting EPA and  DHA from foods (and dietary supplements if you take them) is the only practical way to increase levels of these omega-3 fatty acids in your body.


Omega-3s are important components ofthe membranes that surround each cell in    your body. DHA levels are especially high in retina (eye), brain, and sperm cells.Omega-3s also provide calories to give your body energy and have many functions in your heart, blood vessels, lungs, immune system, and endocrine system (the network of hormone-producing glands).


How much omega-3s do I need?


Experts have not established recommended amounts for omega-3 fatty acids, except   for ALA. Average daily recommended amounts for ALA are listed below in grams (g). The amount you need depends on your age and sex.


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