Omega 3 Fatty Acids Summary
Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for life, including for the proper function of brain and heart. Humans cannot make omega-3s and they must come from the diet. However, most modern diets are quite low in these essential nutrients. The two most common and important omega-3 fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These fatty acids are critical for membrane fluidity and other properties. They have many beneficial effects on health, and are essential for brain development, learning, and vision. Thus, it is not surprising that disturbances in brain omega-3 metabolism have been implicated in multiple neurological disorders, including autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and dementia. Omega-3s are recommended for a variety of different conditions, particularly those related to brain and heart health, but benefit is seen in many other areas, including sugar metabolism, inflammation/pain, and ectodermal tissues (skin, hair, and nails). Side effects are rare and not expected at the doses present in OmegaNeeds®.