Omega 3 acids and their effect on the body
Omega-3 fatty acids are included in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), the so-called healthy fats. This is because they are not only a valuable source of energy for our body but also show several other health-promoting properties – including anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant and anticancer. So let’s take a closer look at unsaturated omega three acids and their properties, as well as products in which we can find them and which are worth introducing into our daily diet.
What are omega-3 acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids, belonging to the EFA family, just as the omega-6 ones and the omega-3 fatty acids can be divided into three groups:
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – its action is visible, especially in the cardiovascular system. This fatty acid produces in the body, among others, compounds that affect the relaxation of the smooth muscles of blood vessels.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can be found in the body’s cell membranes. Moreover, it is an essential building block for cell membranes of neurons in the cerebral cortex and the retina of the eye. Apart from that, DHA can be used to form compounds with anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective properties.
α-Linolenic acid (ALA) – this compound can be converted in the body to EPA and then from EPA to DHA, which is why it is said that it gives rise to omega 3 acids.
As far as EPA and DHA acids are concerned, their primary source is marine fish fat. On the other hand, ALA acid can be found primarily in some vegetable oils.
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