OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a substitute for direct, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. See Dr Libby live dur­ing her up­com­ing ‘What Am I Supp

The omega-3 fatty acid that is found in plants is called al­phali­nolenic acid (ALA) and it is an es­sen­tial fatty acid, mean­ing the body can­not syn­the­sise it so we must ob­tain it from our food. ALA is found in chia seeds, flaxseeds and wal­nuts. The body can con­vert ALA into EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids that are present in oily fish, how­ever this con­ver­sion can be in­ef­fi­cient. DHA is also found in al­gae, so there are some plant-based DHA sup­ple­ments avail­able if needed.

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