The science behind dietary omega-3 fatty acids

Surette, Marc E.
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/15/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 2, p177
Academic Journal
The article provides information about omega-3 fatty acids. It states that these fatty acids are essential nutrients that cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from foods. These foods include fish and plant oils such as leafy vegetables, mustard seed oil and eicosapentaenoic acid. Meanwhile, dietary omega-3 fatty acids are incorporated into cellular membranes of all tissues in which enrichments of membranes can modulate cellular signaling events and gene expression. Furthermore, consuming the recommended intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may lead to general increase of health and well-being of the population.


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