What is Omega-3?

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are found in fatty fish and some vegetables and nuts. EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are found in fatty fish. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful in reducing blood cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.

The majority of fat in tuna comes from Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, is also found in the brain and the eye and help with the development of these systems in infants and young children. Some research has also shown that these fatty acids may also have a role in reducing inflammation. Since our bodies cannot manufacture their own supply of Omega-3s, we have to get them from the food we eat.

Tuna is one of the easiest ways for Americans to get Omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. For more information about Omega-3 fatty acids and Nutrition, look on the “About Seafood” section of our website.