Healthy fat sources gathered together in a table

Why Fats Are Fabulous!

In the past 2 decades, views about dietary n−3 fatty acids have moved from speculation about their functions to solid evidence that they are not only essential nutrients but also may favorably modulate many diseases. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n−3), which is a vital component of the phospholipids of cellular membranes, especially in the brain and retina, is necessary for their proper functioning. n−3 Fatty acids favorably affect atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, inflammatory disease, and perhaps even behavioral disorders. The 38 articles in this supplement document the importance of n−3 fatty acids in both health and disease.

Interest in n−3 fatty acids began some 30 y ago and now culminates in statistics from journals like JAMA that say fatty acids reduce all causes of death by as much as 40%. The remarkable concurrence and agreement regarding n−3 fatty acids is evidenced by the several thousand papers extant in the literature.
There is little doubt that n−3 fatty acids are important in human nutrition. They are significant structural components of the phospholipid membranes of tissues throughout the body and are especially rich in the retina, brain, and spermatozoa, myelin sheath of the nerves, and every cell membrane.

n−3 Fatty acids are essential fatty acids, necessary from conception through pregnancy and infancy and, undoubtedly, throughout life. Fatty acid health is critical for overall wellness from each cell, to your heart and brain.