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Why are omega-3 fatty acids important?

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Omega-3 fatty acids are key for normal development and growth. Not enough omega-3 fatty acids and too much of omega-6 fatty acids is thought to be a significant contributing factor to many diseases. Since the human body can't make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet.

From: Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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