FAQ: Why do we need Omega 3 fats from flaxseed?



ALA is the true essential omega-3 fatty acid, being required in our diets because our bodies do not make it; the other omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA are not “essential” in the strictest sense because our bodies make them from dietary ALA and tissue stores of ALA. Nonetheless, all omega-3 fatty acids – including ALA, EPA and DHA – are often called “essential fatty acids” because their importance in human nutrition and health is widely recognized.