Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that our body can not make itself, therefore we have to get it through the diet.
Our body cannot produce essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, therefore it is important to include food in our diet that are rich in Omega 3 to avoid deficiency of this important nutrient. Omega 3 is present in both animal as well as plant-based food. The plant-based Omega 3 is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which occurs naturally in canola oil. Animal based Omega 3 such as in fish oils is called EPA and DHA. ALA contributes in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level in the blood. ALA is also important for kids for their normal growth and development. EPA and DHA contribute to a normal functioning of the heart. DHA also contributes in maintaining normal vision and normal brain function. It is also important to get enough DHA during pregnancy and lactation, as it helps in the development of the brain and eyes of the foetus.