The omega-3 fatty acid, linolenic acid, is converted into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and further into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is the EPA and the DHA that are used to make the anti-inflammatory eicosanoids. The fish oils contain preformed EPA and DHA where other oils like flax seed need to convert its omega-3 into the EPA and DHA before it can be utilized in the production of the eicosanoids.
The standard American diet is partially to b lame with our insufficient consumption of the fish and grains which contain the omega-3 oils and the over consumption of omega-6 oils from wheat grain, corn and animal fat. The production of our foods also limits our intake with hydrogenation of oils reducing the omega-3 content in most processed foods. Free range buffalo meat contains six times more omega-3 than grain fed steers.
A typical adult should increase their intake of the omega-3 oils by increasing their consumption of cold water fish, flax seed, etc. and/or supplement with a quality supplement. According to the American Heart Association this supplement should contain 500-1000mgs of omega-3 oil with both DHA and EPA. Supplying the body the nutrients it needs allows major improvements and omega-3 fatty acid is not a drug, it is food, so give yourself time to utilize this essential oil to rebuild and correct the inflammatory imbalances.
If you have any serious health conditions discuss omega-3 supplementation with your doctor.
Jeffrey A. Brown DC, CCN
Alexandria Chiropractic Center
Practice of Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Clinical Nutrition
101 S. Whiting Street