Three kinds of omega-3s
June 24, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
Omega-3 fatty acids generally come in three forms: ALA — Alpha-linolenic acid may be found in plants such as flaxseed and chia seed. The body converts ALA into EPA and DHA.
DHA — Docosahexaenoic acid is found in algae. While the brain is about 60% fat, DHA makes up about 30% of this fat, said Damon Dickinson, director of sales for OmegaPure, a branded line of omega-3 fatty acid ingredients from Omega Protein, Houston. "This essential nutrient encourages the healthy development and function of the brain, which improves cognitive ability, vision, and memory," he said.
EPA — Eicosapentaenoic acid is important in reducing inflammation and improving both vasodilatation and blood platelet function, Mr. Dickinson said. It is found in fish oil.