- Omega-3 fatty acid intake is essential to supporting brain health and heart health.
- There are 3 types of Omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA, and DHA—DHA is the type with the most studied benefits.
- While many vitamins source their DHA from fish oil, algae oil is a DHA-rich, vegan and environmentally-friendly alternative.
ALA. EPA. DHA. What do these acronyms have in common? They’re types of Omega-3 fatty acids. But what do Omega-3s do, and why does the type of Omega in your vitamins matter, anyway?
Mega Omegas: What They Do for You
To answer the first question, Omega-3 fatty acids help support your heart health, brain health, as well as prenatal development in pregnant women. They’re also an essential component of your cell membranes. So… clearly they’re not important and you don’t need worry about getting enough of them, right? Think again: It’s crucial that you get enough Omega-3s from food and vitamin intake, because your body can’t efficiently synthesize them on its own.