1. Why are omega -3 fatty acids called essential?
Omega-3 fatty acids are required for the body for many of its important functions and it cannot be manufactured by body. Hence it is called essential fatty acids and must be obtained from dietary sources.
2. Where do you get Omega- 3 fatty acid from?
It is obtained from sea foods and sardine is believed to be the best source of omega-3 fatty acids.
3. What are the main omega 3 fatty acids?
There are three different types of omega-3 fatty acids:
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are key Omega-3 fatty acids which are both found primarily in oily, cold-water fish. The third Omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found primarily in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oil, and certain vegetable oils.
4. Which one is good for my body EPA, DHA or ALA?
ALA, EPA and DHA are all Essential Fatty Acids and should be a part of a healthy diet.
ALA is the basic form of energy for the body.
EPA is an anti-inflammatory agent.
DHA is a component for proper brain function.
Hence each Omega-3 fatty acid has a unique and vital function.