Omega-3s are naturally occurring fatty acids which are critical for human health.
There are three primary Omega-3s. While ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) offers limited health benefits, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been found in many studies to offer vital, life-sustaining roles.
Consuming enough EPA and DHA supports the health of our hearts, brains, eyes, joints, blood vessels and more. They also have benefits for healthy mood and can help us live longer. Omega-3s are critical to normal development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.
EPA and DHA can be obtained in the diet from cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, or from supplements made from purified fish oil.