DHA EPA ALA Explained – So You Can Understand These Fatty Acids
DHA EPA ALA Explained in a very non scientific manner. There is much scientific information available, all you have to do is search for it 🙂 So, in my words:
Omega-3, which is the name for a combination of fatty acids. These fatty acids are not at all alike, and there is a lot of confusion about them. As a matter of fact, not many people even know that the exist. Sure, they heard the terms, but it really means nothing to them.
First, Fatty Acids – What are they? (Fatty acids are acids produced when fats are broken down.)
Polyunsaturated fatty acids – Many common vegetable oils (e.g., soybean, corn and sunflower oil), fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, smelt, herring and trout), fish oils, flax seed, sunflower seeds, soybeans and some nuts (e.g., walnuts) contain a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Monounsaturated fatty acids – Olive oil, canola oil, high oleic sunflower oil, avocados and certain nuts (e.g., cashews, pecans, almonds and peanuts) contain a high proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Here are the full name of the fatty acids in omega3
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) Essential Fatty Acid
– Cold water ocean fish are an excellent source of DHA
– DHA is most abundantly found in the brain and in the retina. I am thinking, that’s why omega 3 is so necessary for heart health and eye health
– DHA deficiencies have a tremendous ill effect on our bodies, as you can well imagine. And, unfortunately, many North Americans are sadly lacking in this fatty acid in their diet.
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) Essential Fatty Acid
– EPA is an Omega 3 Fatty Acid and it is a polyunsaturated acid by nature
– The body can’t make EPA fatty acid, and must get it from food or supplement sources. It also has many benefits
So I’m thinking that now you understand why you need to ingest, (by fish or supplement) Omega 3! And, If you read my whole blog, you will also know the many benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids!
And, Finally, ALA – Alpha-Linolenic acid
– is an organic compound found in many common vegetable oils
– Alpha-linolenic acid is a type of omega-3 (it is not actually an omega 3) fatty acid found in plants
– Alpha-linolenic acid can – and musb be-converted into EPA and DHA in the body. Hence, some professionals say it is NOT as efficient as ingesting the Omega 3 fatty acids. Alpha-linolenic acid is highly concentrated in flaxseed oil and, to a lesser degree also in canola, soy, perilla, and walnut oils.
Here are some posts that relate to DHA EPA and ALA
PS, these article / posts / website is never meant to diagnose or treat or even advise.