Fishy Omega-3 Labeling

You probably already know that studies have shown Omega-3 fatty acids to be beneficial to the cardiovascular and immune systems as well as skeletal joints. But you may not know that different types of Omega-3 fats offer different levels of benefits. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come from oily fish and other marine sources and are composed of 20- and 22-chain carbons respectively. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is derived from plant sources and is an 18-chain carbon that must be processed within your body before use.

The Bigger Picture: Because of the greater bioavailability of EPA and DHA, a consumer watchdog group is pressing government regulators for more specific Omega-3 package labeling standards. Until that happens, you can rely on the ingredients list to make sure that your Omega-3 fatty acids come from the ocean. And if you don't like the taste of seafood, try ON's Enteric-Coated Fish Oil Softgels. They provide all the benefits of EPA and DHA without the fishy aftertaste.
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