Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining cell integrity throughout the body.*
Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining cell integrity throughout the body, but because we cannot synthesize them at adequate levels we have to get them from our diet. Omega-3s can be found in fatty fish such as tuna or mackerel, but many Americans do not eat fish in high enough quantities. For this reason, many people do not get enough omega-3 in their diet, which can lead to an imbalance between omega-6s and omega-3s. Though the ideal ratio for omega-6s and omega-3s is 4-to-1 or less, many western diets can result in ratios as high as 25-to-1. This imbalance is not ideal for health. The science of omega-3s continues to show benefits for your eye and brain structure, as well as, heart health. ‡‡
Two of the most studied omega-3 fatty acids are Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Consuming them in a concentrated form is an easy way to obtain their benefits. Fish oil supplements are among the most common methods used to acquire omega-3.
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