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Omega 3 Acids

Omega 3 Acids

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 of the 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).

Omega-3s Can Fight Depression and Anxiety

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.Symptoms include sadness, lethargy and a general loss of interest in life (1, 2).Anxiety, also a common disorder, is characterized by constant worry and nervousness (3).Interestingly, studies indicate that people who consume omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed (4, 5).What's more, when people with depression or anxiety start taking omega-3 supplements, their symptoms improve (6, 7, 8).There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Of the three, EPA appears to be the best at fighting depression (9).One study even found EPA as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug (10)

What is Omega-3?

  • Omega-3 is short for omega-3 fatty acid.
  • This is a family of essential fatty acids that play important roles in the human body (1).
  • We can not produce them on our own, so we must get them from the diet.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated, meaning that they have several double bonds in the chemical structure.
  • The three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
  • ALA is mainly found in plants, while DHA and EPA are mainly found in animal foods and algae.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for optimal function of the human body, and they may also provide numerous powerful health benefits (2).
  • Common foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, fish oils, flax seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed oil and walnuts, to name a few.
  • For people who do not eat much of these foods, an omega-3 supplement (like fish oil) is often recommended.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Fatty acids consist of chains of carbon atoms linked together by chemical bonds. On one end (terminal) of the carbon chain is a methyl group (a cluster of carbon and hydrogen atoms). On the other terminal is a carboxyl group (a cluster of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms). The chemical bonds between carbon atoms can be either single or double bonds. Single bonds have more hydrogen molecules around them than double bonds. These chemical bonds determine whether a fatty acid is saturated or unsaturated (see discussion below). Fatty acids also come in different lengths: short chain fatty acids have fewer than 6 carbons, while long chain fatty acids have 12 or more carbons.

Fatty acids serve as energy for the muscles, heart, and other organs as building blocks for cell membranes and as energy storage for the body. Fatty acids that are not used up as energy are converted into triglycerides

What is Wholemega Whole Fish Oil?

Wholemega Whole Fish Oil is made from 100% wild-caught Salmon, straight from pure Alaskan waters and sustainable fisheries – we never use farmed or genetically modified fish. Our Fish Oil is whole-food with the full spectrum of compounds from Salmon, and our extra-virgin pressing process preserves beneficial fatty acids that may be lost in high-heat purified and heavily processed Fish Oil.

What does Wholemega Whole Fish Oil do?

Our Wholemega Whole Fish Oil provides 17 Omega fatty acids, including the critical Omega-3s EPA and DHA. 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon oil may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease§ and it is clinically proven to improve the Omega-3 Index, help retain healthy triglyceride levels, and promote other studied heart health markers.*

§ Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. See nutrition information for total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol content.

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