Alpha-Linolenic Acid, ALA
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid found primarily in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are omega-3 essential fatty acids found primarily in oily cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel.
Most people on a typical Western diet consume far more omega-6-rich foods (including cereals, whole-grain bread, baked goods, fried foods, margarine, and others) than omega-6 foods (cold-water fish and dark leafy vegetables).
Omega-3 essential fatty acids may help improve heart health by lowering cholesterol, thinning the blood, reducing platelet stickiness, and reducing hypertension.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids may help with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Raynaud's disease, and other autoimmune diseases. EPA and DHA are converted into natural anti-inflammatory substances called prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which help decrease inflammation and pain.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids may help improve depression and symptoms of other mental health problems. The brain is about 60% fat and needs omega-3 oils to function properly.
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