Omega-3 is the name given to a special family of dietary fats. Sources include oily fish like sardines (above, tinned) tuna or mackerel, marine micro-algae (tiny sea plants), cod liver oil, flaxseed, soya and nuts.  Smaller amounts are found in red meat and eggs. It is however often more convenient to take omega-3 in the form of supplements.

The active omega-3s that have been linked with health and which have legal health claims in Europe and elsewhere are: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  

Sometimes these are called long-chain essential fatty acids (omega-3’s).

 

Studies show that a good level of intake of DHA and EPA in the diet contribute to the maintenance of normal health in the following ways – see below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

What

 Improves

How much / daily intake

Do not exceed / day

 

DHA

DHA

EPA & DHA

EPA & DHA

EPA & DHA

Brain function

Vision

Heart Function

Blood triglyceride levels

Blood pressure

250mg DHA

250mg DHA

250mg DHA+EPA

2000mg EPA+DHA

3000mg EPA+DHA

 

 

 

5000mg EPA+DHA

5000mg EPA+DHA