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Omega-3 fatty acids are one category of EFA's (essential fatty acids, with the other being Omega-6) that are necessary for health and are not manufactured by the body. They are needed for rebuilding and producing new cells and appear to have desirebale offects on many disorders.*

Omega-3 EFA's, which include alpha-linolenic and eicosapentaenoic acid, are found in deepwater fish, fish oils and certain vegetable oils, among them canola oil, flaxseed oil and walnut oil.*

To a limited extent, omega-3 oil from vegetable sources, such as flaxseed oil, can convert to EPA (which you would get at full strength in fish oils). This limited conversion is due to an enzyme action that is needed to make it more available to the body. Therefore, the most effective way to increase omega-3 levels would be from fish oils, which are 'body ready'.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.