omega-3 fatty acid

(redirected from Omega 3 fatty acid)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

omega-3 fatty acid

n.
Any of several polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for human metabolism, have anticoagulant properties, and are found in leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts, and fish such as salmon and mackerel. Increasing dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids can decrease serum concentrations of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol.

omega-3 fatty acid

a fatty acid with a double bond located at the third carbon atom away from the omega (methyl) end of the molecule. Major sources are cold-water fish and vegetable oils. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, appear to have protective functions in preventing the formation of blood clots and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. See also essential fatty acid.

omega-3 fatty acid

, ?-3 fatty acid
Any of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the oils of some saltwater fish, and in canola, flaxseed, walnuts, and some vegetables. These acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Alpha-linolenic acid (found in flaxseed and chia) can be metabolically converted to omega-3 fatty acids in the body. People whose diets are rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease. Synonym: n-3 fatty acid
See also: acid
References in periodicals archive ?
Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown in research to have numerous health benefits including decreasing the risk of arrhythmias, lowering triglyceride levels, slowing atherosclerotic plaque growth, decreasing blood pressure, enhancing mood, improving cognition, and supporting joint and skin health.
In the first study, dogs with chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis showed improvements in their ability to play and rise from rest at 6 weeks after being switched to a diet containing high concentrations of fish oil omega 3 fatty acids.
These studies show that omega 3 fatty acids provide pain relief and improve mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis.
Omega 6 fatty acids contribute to inflammation while omega 3 fatty acids reduce whole body inflammation.
EPA and DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in tuna fish have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and to promote brain and visual development in children.
5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids, and that is enough to turn back the inflammatory tide that is at the base of so many health issues," he said.
The majority of the phospholipids contained omega 3 fatty acids, with 10% containing omega 3s at both positions.
A new blood test that measures the level of omega 3 fatty acids in red blood cells has been introduced to the public as a consumer-friendly, at-home "fingerstick" test.
Researchers found that women with the highest levels of dietary intake of omega 3 reduced their risk of DES by 20%, compared to women with the lowest levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.
This move was made, according to the agency, to improve consumers' understanding of the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids contained in oily fish such as salmon, lake trout, tuna and herring.
The systematic reviews of the available literature found evidence that long chain omega 3 fatty acids reduce heart attack and other problems related to heart and blood vessel disease in people who already have these conditions, as well as their overall risk of death.