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The Critical Differences Between Omega-3 Fats From Plants and Marine Animals

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  • Omega-3 from plant sources do not provide the same benefits as that from marine animals, as the omega-3 found in plants can’t be converted by your body into the omega-3 you find in marine oils
  • ALA is a precursor to EPA and DHA. However the conversion rate is extremely small, so you cannot eat enough plant-based omega-3 to achieve healthy levels of EPA and DHA
  • Short-chain fatty acids like ALA are a source of energy, while the long-chain fatty acids DHA and EPA are structural elements that actually make up your cells

By Dr. Mercola

Omega-3 fats are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) your body needs for digestion, muscle activity, blood clotting, visual acuity, memory and much more. They're particularly important for proper cell division and function of cell receptors.


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