In this fat-obsessed world, it’s good to know that there’s one that we shouldn’t cut out: omega- 3 fatty acids. In fact, they make up an essential part of a healthy diet.1 There are two particularly important fatty acids too – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA have different roles and actions in the body.2 Not only do our bodies need these fatty acids to function, but they also deliver certain health benefits. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and brain function3 while DHA and EPA together contribute to the normal function of the heart.4
What is a fatty acid?
Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we eat. During digestion, the body breaks down fats into fatty acids, which can then be absorbed into the blood. Our bodies can’t produce EPA or DHA. The only source is food.
Sources of DHA and EPA
These beneficial omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish – such as salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel and herring – and the government recommends that we eat at least two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily.5 And while you can choose from fresh, frozen, smoked and canned fish, it is wise to remember that smoked and canned fish may contain higher levels of salt, so always check the food labels to choose the lower salt varieties.6
Cod liver oil is a good source of omega-3 oils and taking supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids such as those in the Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil range – comprising Seven Seas Simply Timeless Fish Oil with Cod Liver Oil Plus Omega-3 fish Oil and Multivitamins, Seven Seas Omega-3 Fish Oil Plus Cod Liver Oil Extra High Strength and Seven Seas Simply timeless fish Oil with Cod Liver Oil One-A-Day Capsules – can help top up your intakes of omega-3. The Seven Seas Simply Timeless range provides natural source omega-3 fish oil with cod liver oil, rich in fatty acids EPA and DHA, that help to maintain good health as you get older.
For those who don’t like to eat oily fish, a Seven Seas Simply Timeless omega-3 fish oil plus Cod Liver Oil supplement is an option. As with most fatty fish oils, it contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are especially important for normal heart and brain function. The beneficial effects for heart function are obtained with an intake of 250mg EPA and DHA per day. For brain function, 250mg DHA per day is needed.