You Should Know

January 2003 Issue

Seeds, Swordfish or Supplements? Where to Get Your Omega-3s

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced new guidelines for omega-3 fatty acids, with advice on intake of both fish and fish oils. The omega-3 fats include plant-derived alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), called an "essential" fat because the body cannot make it, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both found only in seafood. ALA converts to EPA and DHA, though not very efficiently. AHA Comes Around. Although ideal intakes of omega-3ís for

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