Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is known as one of the essential fatty acids (along with omega-6 fatty acids). Though we can synthesize other nutritionally necessary fats in our diet, we lack the ability to produce these essential fatty acids. Early humans are estimated to have had a highly beneficial ratio of 1 omega-6 to 1 omega-3 in their diets. Today, our typical modern diet has an unhealthful ratio of 10 to 1!
From omega-3s our bodies synthesize the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These molecules are vitally important for proper development of the eyes, a healthy cardiovascular system and a properly functioning immune system.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a critical component of healthy cell membranes, especially in the retina.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Facts – Where to Get It
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include SuperFoods like walnuts and wild salmon. Don’t like fish? In this case, a quality fish oil supplement will work as well.
Marine algae, tiny aquatic plants, make DHA and EPA naturally. In fact, fish get their DHA and EPA by eating the algae or by eating other fish that have eaten the algae. Marine algae are a great source of DHA and EPA and are now being used to make animal-free, long-chain omega-3 supplements. SuperFoodsRx’s Dr. Geoffrey Harris recommends taking an omega-3 supplement with 500 to 1000 mg of DHA and EPA made from fish oil or marine algae daily.