Hoping to broaden understanding about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, a Purdue University-based international consortium has launched a Web site-and-newsletter campaign to educate the public, physicians and veterinarians.
Bruce Watkins, Purdue professor of nutrition and director of the International Omega-3 Learning and Education Consortium for Health and Medicine, says that most people know that Omega-3 fatty acids are good for them and can often name a few foods that contain them, but that’s about it.
”People have heard of Omega-3s, but they don’t understand what Omega-3s are, the types of Omega-3s in food and how to use them for better health,” Watkins says. “We’re trying to help consumers with information that will help them make good decisions throughout their lives.”
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in nuts, oils and fish. Some are essential for retinal and brain development in infants and for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults.
The Web site, answers basic questions about what Omega-3 fatty acids do, where to find them and how to ensure a person is getting the right type of Omega-3s.