Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that belong to the group of essential fatty acids. This means that our bodies cannot make them in sufficient quantities on their own, so we need to get them into our bodies through food or supplements. The omega-3 group includes three fatty acids, α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). As omega-3 fatty acids are essential, they play a very important role in the growth and development of the body. It is recommended that they represent at least 1% of your daily energy intake.

Omega-3 fatty acids protect us against cardiovascular disease.

The main dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines and trout. Plant foods do not contain eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, but do contain α-linolenic acid, which is broken down in the body into these two fatty acids. It is mainly found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, spinach, kiwi, cranberries and some other foods. For people who do not eat fish, it is therefore recommended to eat as many foods rich in α-linolenic acid as possible.

Omega-3 fatty acids have many positive functions in our bodies. Some of these are:

  • allow the brain and nervous system to develop properly,
  • reduce levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and thus the risk of developing cardiovascular disease,
  • increase cell membrane fluidity and intercellular signal transduction,
  • reduce the production and secretion of inflammatory mediators,
  • protect cells from damage caused by free radicals

Most omega-3 products contain 12% DHA and 18% EPA. Dietary supplements usually contain from 300mg of omega-3 upwards, but it is better to choose those with 1000mg per capsule. Here you can find INN Supplements Omega 3 and other Quamtrax products.

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