Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, or healthy fats, that are required for a number of bodily processes. The body can not manufacture omega 3 fatty acids from other nutrients, hence the ‘essential’ distinction.
In addition to their well known role in promoting heart health, omega 3 fatty acids serve a number of basic biological roles; they are crucial for the structure and function of cellular membranes, they play a role in cellular and neurological signaling, they act as hormone precursors, and they aide in the regulation of nutrient uptake and excretion at the cellular level.
On a globally functional level, they are key in reducing inflammation, supporting normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, regulating brain and neurological function, and regulating gene expression.
Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency has been associated with a wide variety of health complaints including obesity, ADD, ADHD, and similar spectrum disorders, inflammatory disorders, adrenal and/or thyroid hypofunction, skin issues, including eczema, psoriasis, and generalized dermatitis, cardiovascular issues, cognitive breakdown, and autoimmune disorders.