GOED Omega3

11 Quick Facts About Omega-3s

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids are required in human health but cannot be made by the body so we must consume them. They are, therefore, called essential fatty acids.
     
  2. Fatty acids are components of the fat molecules that exist in food and in our bodies.
     
  3. Research has identified that EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic), the omega-3s found in marine oils, are the two most important fatty acids in human health.
     
  4. Consuming enough EPA and DHA omega-3s is important for general health across the lifespan.
     
  5. EPA and DHA are most easily obtained from consuming cold-water fish—like salmon and tuna—or from taking purified supplements made from fish oil.
     
  6. The conversion rate of ALA (the omega-3 in plant foods) to EPA and DHA is very low; only a small amount is converted to EPA and DHA in most of us.
     
  7. In general, omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body while omega-6s have a pro-inflammatory effect. Both omega-3s and omega-6s are needed for optimal health but they need to be in balance. Too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3 has a negative effect on health; we can help restore the balance by consuming EPA and DHA omega-3s.
     
  8. Many countries and health organizations around the world recommend consumption of at least 500mg EPA and DHA per day.
     
  9. Depending on one’s diet and family history, doctors and dietitians often recommend consuming more omega-3s.
     
  10. EPA and DHA are healthy fats that everyone needs. Pregnant moms and developing babies have a special need for omega-3s.
     
  11. Marine-sourced omega-3s are one of the most studied nutrients in the world.