Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that are important for optimal health. These fatty acids help improve tissue function and controls the development of many diseases. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Omega-3 fatty acids include EPA and DHA, essential for proper structure and function of multiple body systems and active in various physiological processes including cell signaling, cell membrane function, cardiovascular health, and controlling inflammation. The body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids on its own so they must be obtained from food or supplements.