Important bioactive properties of omega-3 fatty acids

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Rui Xu


omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acid, biological properties, health


Good health has been linked with healthy diet. N-3 fatty acids are required for proper functioning of many physiological systems. There is a large body of evidence documenting the effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids with the first double bond at the third position from methyl-terminal on health benefits. Scientific evidence is accumulating to substantiate the role omega-3 fatty acids play in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and other diseases. The availability of n-3 fatty acids to various tissues is of major importance to health and depends on dietary intake for both normal development and in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
In this review we will summarize the biological properties of omega-3 fatty acids.
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