Omega -3 FAQs
Omega 3 - FAQs
What is Omega-3 and what is it good for ?
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), also known as a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). It is derived from both animal and plant sources, although Omega-3 from fish oil is the most common supplemental form. Fatty acids form the main useful fraction of fats and oils and are necessary for overall health. Because our body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, we must get them from food or supplemental.
What is the difference between EPA and DHA ?
EPA and DHA are the active forms of omega-3. They work together in the body, but have different biological roles. EPA is considered the mediator, or peacemaker, of cell messengers and plays a vital role in regulating inflammation, blood pressure, blood clotting, immune function, and cell growth. EPA benefits heart health and mood balance, enhances joint health, and improves other inflammatory conditions. DHA plays a special role in dynamic, fast-acting cells, like brain cells and heart muscle. DHA is extremely important to components of cellular membranes and is highly concentrated in nervous system tissue such as the brain and eyes. Dietary DHA may improve cognitive and visual development and is protective against macular degeneration, stroke, dementia.