Poor fat, it has gotten a bad rap throughout history. Let’s be clear, there are bad fats, but there are also good, essential fats that we need every day for good health.
Over 7000 clinical studies have been done on the omega-3s in fish oil and make it one of the most studied nutrients in the world.
Essential fats are a vital part of every single cell membrane in the body. Without it, cells couldn’t function properly.
Omega-3 fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids” because humans cannot manufacture them. We must get Omega-3s from our diet or supplementation.
The Omega-3s EPA and DHA are primarily found in fish and the Omega-3 ALA is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.
The conversion rate of ALA to EPA and DHA is very low. Research indicates that less than 5% of ALA gets converted to EPA, and less than 0.5% of ALA is converted to DHA.
Compared to the rest of the body, the brain and nervous system contain very high levels of DHA.
DHA is especially important for pregnant moms and developing babies for the growth and development of an infant’s eyes and brain.
Your brain consists of at least 60 percent fat which makes it the “fattest” organ in your body. It uses fat for myelin, the fatty insulating cover that surrounds each nerve fiber. This allows messages to be carried faster.
Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning that the fat in foods helps the intestines absorb these vitamins into the body.
When it comes to supplementation, EPA is mainly for inflammation, arthritis, skin conditions, asthma, allergies, cholesterol, blood pressure, mood, depression and heart health.
DHA is primarily for brain structure, the central nervous system and the retina of the eye.