Metabolism

The digestion of omega fatty acids in the human body is a complicated matter. The human body is a remarkable system and substances ingested are treated by the body on a very selected basis. Many functions performed by the body take time to manifest themselves, taking from one to two months to reach optimum levels. Humans must obtain essential fatty acids from foods because the body does not produce them. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from various vegetable sources, especially high contents found in flaxseed, is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot synthesize itself and hence must be obtained through the diet. This omega-3 (also known as alpha-lenolenic acid; ALA) is metabolized to produce a series of vital molecules that promotes growth in infants, children and maintains good health in adults. With the increased amount of omega-6 found in most diets today, it is necessary to supply ALA to maintain a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6.