an essential fatty acid important in the management of heart disease.
A type of fatty acid found in large quantities in oily fish such as herring, kippers, mackerel, pilchards, sardines, salmon, fresh tuna, trout and anchovies. Eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent blood clotting and help reduce triglyceride levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the constituents of fish oils that act as anti-inflammatory agents. These may be worth trying for a dog that has an autoimmune disorder or arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids come in varied forms from salmon oil to capsules of concentrated EPA. Alternatively, flax seeds, flax oil, or hemp oil can be used as a dietary supplement rather than fish oils. These materials reduce the platelet function for a brief period in dogs, but it seems that dogs compensate for this within about eight weeks. Omega-3 fatty acids replace the 2-series fatty acids over time, and cellular stimulation will instead produce 3-series prostaglandins and thromboxanes. The 3-series do not cause inflammation and reduce blood flow like the 2-series thromboxanes.
Essential fatty acids found in fish, flaxseed oil, canola, and olive oil; they are greatly lacking in the American diet since most livestock are fed grains which are high in Omega-6s, and Americans do not eat enough from other sources. They are essential to proper cell membranes, and deficiencies in Omega-3s are associated with depression, increased insulin resistance, heart disease, and many other lifestyle diseases.
A special type of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids found primarily in cold-water fish and purified fish oils. This type of fat is exceptionally beneficial to your cardiovascular system because of its effect on promoting the formation of "good" eicosanoids.
polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish, fish oils, flaxseed oil, and green leafy vegetables.
Fat found in fish, which has been found to have health benefits such as the lowering of cholesterol.
A class of fatty acids that supports normal cardiovascular health and immune function and provides an important natural counterbalance to the high dietary intakes of omega-6 fatty acids. The two primary fatty acids include doxosa-hexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
A class of fatty acids found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish, that acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoproteins) in the blood. ( LDL cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol.) See the entire definition of Omega-3 fatty acids
An essential fatty acid (EFA) that seems to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is considered a type of 'good' fat. Sources include fish, salmon, mackerel, sardines. You need approxiamately 2% of your daily calories as EFA's.
Another name for linolenic fatty acids, found in plants and cold-water fish. See also Alpha-linolenic acid; Docosahexanoic acid; Eicosapentenoic acid
A class of fatty acids that have a double bond three carbons from the methyl moiety; reportedly, they play a role in lowering cholesterol and LDL levels.
An essential fatty acid (EFA) that can reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Constituents of fish oils that may protect against heart attacks by thinning the blood. Also acts as anti-inflammatory agent. Because of its effect on blood clotting, you should avoid fish oil supplements if you are taking any type of anti-coagulant drug
Essential fatty acids such as DHA. DHA is a major component of the brain and retina and is essential for proper brain growth and eye development in a fetus and young baby. Eating a diet rich in DHA during pregnancy and while nursing is extremely important.
polyunsaturated fatty acids that have a double bond between and third and fourth carbon from the terminal or omega, carbon. EPA and DHA found in fish oils are theorized to prevent coronary heart disease.
A type of fat that is found in soybean, grapeseed and fish oils. May protect the blood vessels of the heart and the rest of the body from injury.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids found in certain cold water fish and vegetable oils. Omega-3s may help to reduce the risk of heart attack by preventing blood from clotting and sticking to the artery walls.
A substance found in fish oil that is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. Return to previous page.
A group of superunsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for health. The Omega-3 fatty acids include Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), which must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Flax seed oil is the richest source of this important essential fatty acid. Also included in the Omega-3 family are Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) both of which are found in the oils of cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines.
a type of fatty acid, commonly found in fish and fish oils. Omega-3 fatty acids consumed in moderate quantities are thought to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease in some individuals.
Special polyunsaturated fats found in fish that keep triglycerides from forming.
A type of polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been recognized as having health benefits, including helping to regulate blood pressure and blood lipid levels. Omega-3 fatty acids also may help to lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent cancer, and may be essential for brain development in infants. They are found primarily in fish oils but are also found in a few plant sources like soybeans.