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Omega-3 rich diet linked to more developed brain networks: Monkey ...

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Led by Dr Damien Fair from Oregon Health & Science University, the team report that monkeys fed a diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) had strong connectivity of early visual pathways in their ...
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Omega 3 Fish Oil: Are the Health Benefits Associated with Omega 3 EPA Real?

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Contradicting studies and opinions have become the order of the day. Are omega-3 oils really good for you? The truth with regard to EPA omega-3.

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Omega-3 fatty acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Omega-3 fatty acids (also called ω−3 fatty acids or n−3 fatty acids[1]) refer to a group of three fats called ALA (found in plant oils), EPA, and DHA (both commonly found in marine oils). Common sources of animal omega–3 EPA and DHA fatty acids include fish oils, algal oil, egg oil, squid oils, krill oil and some plant oils contain the omega 3 ALA fatty acid such as seabuckthorn seed and berry oils, flaxseed oil, Sacha Inchi oil, Echium oil, and hemp oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for normal metabolism but some of the potential health benefits of supplementation are controversial. Omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body -except that mammals have a limited ability, when the diet includes the shorter-chained omega-3 fatty acid ALA (α-linolenic acid, 18 carbons and 3 double bonds), to form the more important long-chain omega−3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, 20 carbons and 5 double bonds) and then from EPA, the most crucial, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, 22 carbons and 6 double bonds) with even greater inefficiency. The ability to make the longer-chained omega-3 fatty acids from ALA may also be impaired in aging.[2][3] In foods exposed to air, unsaturated fatty acids are vulnerable to oxidation and rancidity.[4] Fish are much more efficient than mammals at converting the ALA to the EPA and DHA omega−3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids with a double bond (C=C) at the third carbon atom from the end of the carbon chain. The fatty acids have two ends, the acid (-COOH) end, which is considered the beginning of the chain, thus "alpha", and the methyl (CH3) end, which is considered the "tail" of the chain, thus "omega." The nomenclature of the fatty acid is taken from the location of the first double bond, counted from the methyl end, that is, the omega (ω-) or the n- end.

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Ask the Expert: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Ask the Expert: Omega-3 Fatty Acids | Omega 3 Benefits | Scoop.it
The Expert Dr. Frank Sacks Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health  1. What are omega-3 fatty acids, and why should I make sure to i...
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Why should you take omega-3 fatty acids? The benefits for your body and mind.

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Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements | Omega 3 Benefits | Scoop.it
I’ve written to you before about the vast health benefits of fish oil, and today I’m going to give you a little more information.
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While krill oil seems to be all the rage today as far as omega-3 supplements are concerned, most studies have been done using fish oil. And the argument about "sustainability" of krill just won't fly, as studies show krill oil manufacturing is impacting this as well.

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Fish Oil, Omega-3s, DHA, and EPA Benefits & Facts

Fish Oil, Omega-3s, DHA, and EPA Benefits & Facts | Omega 3 Benefits | Scoop.it
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty layers of cold-water fish and shellfish. Which fish are best for omega 3s? Which fish should you limit due to mercury?
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What you should know about omega-3 and fish.

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FDA Announces Qualified Health Claims for Omega-3 Fatty Acids

FDA Announces Qualified Health Claims for Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Looks like the FDA is now cracking down on outlandish claims about what omega-3 fatty acids can do for you.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Bipolar Disorder

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Omega-3 fatty acids may help enhance mental health and mood.

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