Omega-3s are the healthy fats
Omega-3s are fats that our bodies require but cannot make, so we need to eat them. Since our bodies require them — much like vitamins — they are essential nutrients. Every body needs Omega-3. Most Americans do not consume enough Omega-3s, yet research documents that we live longer and healthier lives when we do.
Not all Omega-3 fats are alike. There are three main types of Omega-3s in our diet and each work differently in the body. For example, the plant-derived type of Omega-3 in flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts is called ALA (alpha linolenic acid). The other two types of Omega-3 are in fish, seafood, and Fish Oil and are called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
EPA and DHA do the most good.
From head to toe, EPA and DHA Omega-3s work in cells to help direct, manage, and regulate crucial health processes. From supplying essential fats for developing infants, to supporting children’s growth and behavior, promoting strong hearts and minds and flexible joints in teens, athletes, and adults, and supporting clear vision and longevity among seniors, EPA and DHA are the good-for-you fats that we need to eat to reap the health benefits.