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Why we need Omega-3s | Importance of Long Chain Omega-3s | Pregnancy | Children | Teenagers and Adults | Consuming Omega-3

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are good fats

Modern production and processing of foods and changing diets has greatly increased the level of omega-6 fatty acids in our diet and decreased the level of omega-3. It is important to have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 and most people do not consume enough of the healthier fats such as the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Modern diets high in saturated and trans fats have been shown to raise LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food.

Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. In addition to these established benefits for cardiovascular disease, omega-3 fatty acids in higher doses are used to treat depression. Recent research is identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Many people would be surprised that we require omega-3s throughout our life stages, i.e., infancy, childhood, adulthood and senior years to support our brain, eye and heart health throughout these life stages. The amounts vary depending on our life stage.