Dear health enthusiasts, MWH welcomes you to the very first conversation with the world’s most sought after nutrients. Today, we have omega-3 fatty acids talk to us about her role in cognitive development in every human, and more.
MWH: Let’s have this conversation started by letting you tell us about yourself.
Omega-3: I am Omega-3 Fatty Acids; I am a polyunsaturated fat, highly essential for the body functionality, mainly cognitive development.
MWH: Is ‘Omega 3 fatty acids,’ as the name connotes — ‘a three people party’.
Omega-3: My essential fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). We together form ‘the Omega 3’, where each shares different responsibilities.
MWH: Could you give a better insight into what each of you do.
Omega-3: ALA is beneficial against autoimmune disease and inflammation. It can be found in vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed, and flaxseed; and in walnuts. She is also found in some green vegetables such as brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens. EPA and DHA regulate cognitive and behavioural aspects. Both can be sourced from fish, fish oil or marine microalgae. Salmon, mackerel, cod liver, sardine, herring and menhaden are good sources of both.
MWH: If two of your acids are found only through fish and aquatic plant, how then will the vegans get their portion?
Omega-3: Dietary supplement is the answer to your question. Vegans or vegetarians can source their EPA and DHA from supplements made from marine algae. In fact, fishes too get their DHA from the same source. Nutritional supplements are standardised, and extract only the essential components directly from algae bypassing fish altogether, making it available to all vegans. Dietary supplement is a way to help combat deficiency or the problems caused by the deficiency.
MWH: We have leant that fish could possess cancer causing elements like mercury. So, it is true that only those supplement who source their DHA from organically grown algae are safe, right.
Omega-3: Fish could carry some harmful elements from the ocean. The dietary supplement who source their DHA only from organically grown algae bypass both, fish and aquatic chemicals, and are the safest from all other supplements.
MWH: We know you have proven to be doing greater good not only for growing children but adults too. Elaborate on this.
Omega-3: Yes, I benefit people of all ages. As I boost reasoning, learning capacity, motor skills, verbal communication and other intellectual functions in children, I prevent neurological disorders like memory loss, dementia, alzheimer disease in adults. Besides assisting in the nerve signal transmission, I also help combat minor depression symptoms, irrespective of age.
MWH: Thank you so much Omega-3 for enlightening us about your functionality. It was indeed, very informative talking with you.
Omega-3: (nods with a smile)
MWH: Readers, thanks for being with us. We promise to bring many such nutrients to talk to us. Until then, stay healthy.