Definitions for omega-3 fatty acidoʊˈmi gəˌθri, oʊˈmeɪ-, oʊˈmɛg ə-
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o•me′ga-3 fat′ty ac′idoʊˈmi gəˌθri, oʊˈmeɪ-, oʊˈmɛg ə-(n.)
a fatty acid found esp. in fish oil and valuable in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.
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omega-3 fatty acid, omega-3(noun)
a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
omega-3 fatty acid(Noun)
any polyunsaturated fatty acid having a double bond between the third and fourth carbon atoms from the end of the molecule farthest from the carboxylic acid; they are found in green vegetables and in the oils of fish such as salmon and mackerel; they are essential fatty acids, and seem to be beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease
Omega-3 fatty acid
Omega-3 fatty acids refers to a group of three fats called ALA, EPA, and DHA. Common sources of animal omega–3 EPA and DHA fatty acids include fish oils, algal oil, egg oil, squid oils, krill oil and some plant oils contain the omega 3 ALA fatty acid such as seabuckthorn seed and berry oils, flaxseed oil, Sacha Inchi oil, Echium oil, and hemp oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for normal metabolism but some of the potential health benefits of supplementation are controversial. Omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body -except that mammals have a limited ability, when the diet includes the shorter-chained omega-3 fatty acid ALA, to form the more important long-chain omega−3 fatty acids, EPA and then from EPA, the most crucial, DHA with even much greater inefficiency. The ability to make the longer-chained omega-3 fatty acids from ALA may also be impaired in aging. In foods exposed to air, unsaturated fatty acids are vulnerable to oxidation and rancidity. And fish are much more efficient than mammals at converting the ALA to the EPA and DHA omega−3 fatty acids.
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