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Unlocking the health benefits of omega-3 supplements: A comprehensive overview

Expert insights from Stefan M. Pasiakos, PhD, director of the NIH office of dietary supplements, shed light on the significance of omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), in supporting cognitive, cardiovascular, and mental health.

While omega-3s are found in various sources, supplementation is often recommended due to the limited conversion of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) into EPA and DHA. Research indicates potential benefits for reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular events, though conclusive evidence remains elusive. Furthermore, omega-3 supplements have been studied for their impact on cancer, cognitive function, depression, and pregnancy outcomes, demonstrating promising results but necessitating further research for validation.
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