An omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is not made by the body, but is a component of good health. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in such foods as salmon, herring, mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, walnuts, flax, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, and soy. They are also found in supplements, such as fish oil supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are credited with such health benefits as reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and improving overall cardiovascular health.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Results of these studies have so far been mixed, but it is generally accepted that omega-3 fatty acids are a healthful addition to the diet.
Also Known As: n−3 fatty acids, ω−3 fatty acids
Common Misspellings: omega 3 fatty acids