types of omega-3

No one is going to deny the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. The studies are widely accepted within the scientific community and the results are in: omega-3 should be a regular part of everyone’s diet.

There are three types

ALA

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is a short-chain omega-3 fatty acid. It serves as a source of energy and most importantly as a building block for DHA and EPA. ALA is found in plant-based foods such as flax, chia, soybean, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, vegetable oils, and dark leafy greens.

Our body tries to convert ALA to EPA/DHA, however, it only converts around 8% of ALA to the beneficial EPA and DHA. Researchers aren’t sure of all the factors that come into play when converting ALA, we know that having proper stores of vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium all affect the small conversion rate.

This is why plants aren’t a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are the most beneficial types of omega-3, this is why I suggest consuming salmon, fish oil, or algae. Algae is the only known plant source of DHA that can be consumed directly in the diet, I’ll make sure to explain more about algae later in this post.

ALA

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is a short-chain omega-3 fatty acid. It serves as a source of energy and most importantly as a building block for DHA and EPA. ALA is found in plant-based foods such as flax, chia, soybean, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, vegetable oils, and dark leafy greens.

Our body tries to convert ALA to EPA/DHA, however, it only converts around 8% of ALA to the beneficial EPA and DHA. Researchers aren’t sure of all the factors that come into play when converting ALA, we know that having proper stores of vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium all affect the small conversion rate.

This is why plants aren’t a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are the most beneficial types of omega-3, this is why I suggest consuming salmon, fish oil, or algae. Algae is the only known plant source of DHA that can be consumed directly in the diet, I’ll make sure to explain more about algae later in this post.

health benefits of omega-3

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that boast an array of health benefits.

During fetal development, these fats ensure proper neuronal, retinal, and immune function. Children that consume low levels of DHA corresponds with poor reading and memory skills. Having enough omega-3 during pregnancy is linked to the child having a higher IQ, better social skills, less behavioralproblems, and a lower chance of ADHD.

In adults, EPA and DHA influence several aspects of cardiovascular issues such as inflammation, coronary diseases, and anticoagulation. EPA has been shown to be as effective at treating depressionas an antidepressant drug. EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish, fish oil, some seafood, and shellfish. Marine algae is also a good source of DHA.

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There are eleven types of omega-3.

I know, so much to learn.

But there are really only three that are widely studied for their health benefits.

ALA,

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/

2018-09-28T02:44:11+00:00