Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fat with positive effects on various aspects of health, that the human body do not produce naturally. Therefore, we must get this fat through our diet, and it can also be added in the form of a dietary supplement. Food sources of omega-3 are fish, seafood, seeds and algae.
Some of omega-3’s main benefits relate to our cardiovascular health. In supplements, they can contribute to the reduction of blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as reducing platelet clumping. Personalised advice on recommended dose and precautions are essential. They also help to maintain normal blood pressure levels. Omega-3 fatty acids are part of cell membranes, which is of particular importance for the nervous system.
The best known are EPA and DHA (seafood and fish source) and ALA (plant source). Depending on each one's contribution, they will have different benefits. Omega-3s have benefits for the eyes, heart and nervous system, as part of a healthy and balanced diet.