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March 2010 Issue

Omega-3 Enriched Eggs—an “Eggs-traordinary” Choice for Heart Health?

The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in coldwater fatty fish and fish oil have been widely studied and linked with important health benefits, such as decreased risk of heart disease. Preliminary research has even associated EPA and DHA with protection against cognitive decline and improvements in depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that people with heart disease should get 1,000 mg of EPA+DHA per day. Although the short-chain omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in plant sources like walnuts and flaxseed also has been linked with heart-health benefits, the bulk of positive scientific findings belong to the long-chain omega-3s, making EPA and DHA the omega-3 superstars.

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