Omega-3 Fatty Acids

January 2006
Total Health;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p38
This article offers information on omega-3 fatty acids (-3 FA). It was only a matter of time that food fortified with -3 FA were expected to come out in the market. Not all -3 FA become equally bioavailable in the body. Docosaheaxenoic acid (DHA) and eicopentaenoic acid (EPA) are FA mainly derived from fish and fish oil. Both DHA and EPA become readily available in the body upon oral intake, and are beneficial to the function of cell membranes in addition to that of the immune system and central nervous system. They are also causally linked to a lower risk of heart disease. For health benefits, the combined daily dosage of EPA and DHA is recommended to be between 500 to 1800 milligram and 1300 to 3000 milligram of alpa-linolenic acid a day.


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