Omega-3 fatty acid

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Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. They have a double bond three atoms away from the end methyl group.

The most common sources for plant oils are walnuts, hemp oil and flaxseed oil. Sources of animal omega-3 fats include eggs, squid oils and fish.

Dietary supplementation does not affect the risk of cancer, heart disease or death.[1]

They are not a main treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and other developmental disabilities. However, omega-3 supplements are often given to children with these conditions.[2]

Chemical structure of α-linolenic acid (ALA), a fatty acid with a chain of 18 carbons with three double bonds on carbons numbered 9, 12, and 15.

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  1. "Omega-3 Fatty Acids". The National Institutes of Health. Retrieved May 14, 2021. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. Levy, Susan E.; Hyman, Susan L. (2005). "Novel Treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders". Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews. 11 (2). Wiley Online: 131–142. doi:10.1002/mrdd.20062. PMID 15977319. Retrieved May 14, 2021.