Omega-3, 6 and 9 are all fatty acids, with the main essential fatty acids in our diet being omega-3 and omega-6. Not only does the body need omega-3 to function, it offers a number of other benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease, improving cholesterol levels and curbing stiffness and joint pain.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a class of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids with the double bond in the third carbon position from the methyl terminal (hence the use of "3" in their description). Foods high in omega-3-fatty acids include salmon, halibut, sardines, albacore, trout, herring, walnut, flaxseed oil, and canola oil. Other foods that contain omega-3-fatty acids include shrimp, clams, light chunk tuna, catfish, cod, and spinach.
Omega-3s are a specific type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, meaning they contain more than one double bond in their chemical structure. The “3” refers to where in the chemical structure the first double bond occurs.
The three omega-3s found in food are ALA, EPA and DHA.
Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA): This plant-based omega-3 is found in green, leafy vegetables, flaxseeda,
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA): EPA is a 20-carbon fatty acid found in oily fish, algae oil and krill oil. Your body is able to synthesize this molecule in its original form. This, along with DHA, are the omega-3s your body needs in high quantities to achieve the benefits they offer.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): This 22-carbon molecule is also found in oily fish, krill oil and algae oil. Your body will convert some DHA molecules back to EPA’s in order to keep them at fairly equal levels if you consume more DHA.
Omega-3-fatty acids benefits:
Scientific evidence is mounting that fish oil (predominantly omega-3-fatty acids) can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death.
Some scientists also believe that omega-3 fatty acids can improve one's blood lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) levels and decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
Coronary heart disease: Coronary heart diseases are heart conditions caused by atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing) of the coronary arteries, arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle.
Coronary arthrosclerosis is typically silent; people can have coronary atherosclerosis for years to decades without any symptoms or signs of heart disease.
Symptoms and signs of coronary heart disease develop when the diseased arteries become critically narrow or completely blocked so that they can no longer deliver adequate blood and oxygen to the heart muscle.
Obesity, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Cigarette smoking, and diabetis mellitus can accelerate the arthrosclerosis process, and increase the risks of developing coronary heart disease. Coronary heart diseases include heart attacks, sudden cardiac death, angina, heart failure and heart rhythm disturbances.
Scientific evidence suggesting that omega-3-fatty acids prevent death from heart disease; Epidemiological evidence: Scientists have observed that populations with high fish intake (Alaskan natives, Greenland Eskimos, and Japanese living in fishing villages) have low rates of cardiovascular disease and low rates of sudden cardiac death.
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