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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Q.  What does the omega 3 fatty acids measurement reflect:  does it include EPA and DHA (to provide an estimate of fish derived n-3), plus linolenic acid?

 

A.  When individual fatty acids are reported, ESHA uses the following to report Omegas 3 & 6.  The approach is an "at least" value.  Meaning the Omega 3 value will include the sum of any reported fatty acids listed (sometimes not all are available).  The Omega 6 will include the sum of both fatty acids listed or the value of either if one is missing.

Omega 3:
18:3
20:5
22:6
22:5
18:4


Omega 6:
18:2
20:4

 

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