omega-3 fatty acid or Linolenic acid structure
(triglyceride) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid with its endmost double bond 3 carbons from the omega end of the carbon chain. Prevents blood clotting, lowers blood pressure (keeps vessels pliable), protects against irregular heartbeats, reduces inflammation, and is essential for infant growth and development. Also lowers LDL. Excess of omega 3 increases risk of hemorrhage and stroke. (ex: canola oil, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, nuts and seeds, fatty fish) . Omega-3 includes linolenic acid, EPA and DHA.