What are Omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are nutrients you get from food or supplements that help build and maintain a healthy body. Since your body cannot produce omega-3s on its own, it’s important to get it through your diet. Omega-3s are an integral part of all cells in your body and helps keep your heart, brain and blood vessels working the way they should. 70% of the world’s population don’t consume enough omega-3 and would therefore benefit from an increased intake.
Omega-3s are three fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA. EPA and DHA are the most important ones since they are crucial for our bodies’ function. They are found in fish and fish oil. ALA is a plant-based omega-3 which is not crucial for our bodies’ function and doesn’t give the same health benefits as EPA and DHA.
When taking an omega-3 supplement it is therefore important to look at the amount of EPA and DHA the product contains, and not only the amount of omega-3. A high-quality product will contain high levels of EPA and DHA compared to the total omega-3 content.