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What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are type of polyunsaturated fatty acids that our body cannot produce and need to provide through an external diet. There are two types of EFAs – omega 6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Both are essential for normal functioning of the body.
What is omega-3 fatty acid?
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the essential fatty acid which is required at all life stages to support a healthy well-being. There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids which includes Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexanoic acid (DHA).
What is Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)?
As mentioned above, it is the types of omega- 3 fatty acids commonly found in plant sources like flaxseed, soyabean, canola and walnuts. ALA is associated with prevention of heart related diseases. ALA needs to be converted into EPA and DHA before it can be utilized in the human body.
Do I need to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements?
We can get omega-3 fatty acids from natural sources like fatty fishes, flaxseed, canola, soyabean and walnut oil. But, in today’s world – it is difficult to meet the recommended amount through natural sources. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recommends consuming minimum 250 mg to 2 gm for optimal heart health. And hence, to support our daily diet, it is important to take additional omega-3 supplement which is safe and devoid of heavy metals and mercury.