Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Omega-3 Fatty ACids Are Not Created Equal

It's quite common that omega - 3 fatty acids can protect the heart but they are not created equal.
Various studies confirming the cardiovascular benefits of omega-3's have tested the presence of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 food in salmon, sardines and breast milk or fish oil called eicosapentaeonic acid (EPA). But many foods which claim that have excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid instead contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is derived from nuts and flaxseeds.

Because only a small percentage of (ALA) is converted into DHA and EPA in the body, it may not have the same heart benefits.

If you want omega-3's for your heart, read the fine print and look for products with EPA or DHA.