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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids or polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential fatty acids that play an important role in brain function and normal growth and development. Heart disease can be kept at bay with omega-3 fatty acids. Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids results in heart problems, dry skin, poor retention and fatigue. Omega-3 fatty acids supplements are said to reduce the risk for chronic heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help in tackling pain and inflammation and also treating depression and bipolar disease. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and oils such as flaxseed oil and fish oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Phospholipids

Phospholipids are the principal components of cell membranes. These lipids form a bilayer enclosing the cytoplasm and other cell components and allow selective permeation into and out of the cell. These phospholipids protect the cell from chemicals, toxins, pathogens and free radicals. The phosphate head portion is hydrophilic (capable of mixing with water) while the lipid tail is hydrophobic; thus making phospholipids 'amphipathic'. Phospholipids are not triglycerides. Fatty acids are better absorbed from phospholipids as they dissolve in aqueous solutions. Phospholipids are often added to supplements and infant milk powder. Phospholipids are good carriers of Omega 3 PUFAs that are good for infant growth.



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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: December 13, 2019