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What are omega-3 fatty acids?

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When it comes to fat, there's one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids. 

Two crucial ones -- EPA and DHA -- are primarily found in certain fish.  ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources like nuts and seeds. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits.

From: The Facts on Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Fish, Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 fatty acids."

Ronald Glick, MD, medical director, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, cardiologist; founder, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA; president, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine;  founder, Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla; author, . The Heart Speaks

Harvard School of Public Health.

David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, CA.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Monograph: "Fish oil."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 fatty acids."

Gail Underbakke, RD, MS, nutrition coordinator, preventative cardiology program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 3, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Fish, Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 fatty acids."

Ronald Glick, MD, medical director, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, cardiologist; founder, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA; president, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine;  founder, Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla; author, . The Heart Speaks

Harvard School of Public Health.

David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, CA.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Monograph: "Fish oil."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 fatty acids."

Gail Underbakke, RD, MS, nutrition coordinator, preventative cardiology program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 3, 2019

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