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How do omega-3 fatty acids work?

Omega-3 is considered an essential fatty acid. These types of fatty acids are not produced by the body, but are essential to its well-being and development. So, they must be consumed in food or in supplements. They control inflammation, blood-clotting, and brain development. Each cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane. The cell membranes are comprised primarily of fatty acids. The membranes are what regulate what nutrients get into the cell and what waste products get removed. Cells without healthy membranes loose their fluidity, integrity, and ability to communicate with other cells. This can lead to health problems. Diets high in omega-3 are thought to allow the cell membranes to remain fluid and healthy.

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