Omega-3 PUFAs, particularly family members EPA and DHA, are most commonly found within cell membranes, and are removed from these membranes each day in order to contribute to a number of physiological processes critical for maintaining daily normal, foundational activity.
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The omega-3 index is a measure of the relative amount of EPA and DHA in red blood cells, expressed as the percentage of the total amount of fatty acids present. If an individual has an omega-3 index of 3.6%, this means that 3.6% of all fatty acids present in their red cell membranes is EPA+DHA.
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are plentiful in fish and shellfish . Algae often provides only DHA.
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