Omega 3 is known to present in food products that contain linolenic acid, EPA, or DHA. In infants, omega 3 is very important for the development of neuronal function and vision. Even before the baby is born, especially during the process of brain growth in the fetus, pregnant women are strongly encouraged to consume foods that contain omega 3.
Phase of rapid brain growth occurs when the fetus aged 30 weeks to 18 months. If the fetus were malnourished in this phase, there will be a condition that is irreversible (can not be recovered). Children’s brain is still growing until they are about five years old. Accordingly, the age of the children is often referred to as a golden age that must be protected from conditions of malnutrition.
In people aged adults, omega 3 has a more specialized role. Brain, central nervous system, and neurological spine consists of mostly unsaturated fatty acids (essential). The degeneration or damage to the nervous system is generally caused by lack of the essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) which lead to premature senile dementia or memory loss and brain function drastically.
Omega 3 also plays an important role in enhancing the immune system and inhibit the occurrence of cancer. In addition, omega-3 can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%, suppress bad cholesterol (LDL), thereby reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) which can lead to coronary heart disease and stroke.
According to WHO, recommendation for omega-3 intake is 0.3-0.5 g / day (EPA and DHA) and 0.8-1.1 g / day (linolenic acid).
In the market, often also found that eggs contain high omega 3. To produce eggs, chickens are generally given feed grain, vegetable oil, and vitamin E, while the feed from animal sources is eliminated. However, eggs are rich in the omega 3 omega 6 turns her lower. Though beneficial omega 6 to prevent stunted growth, fertility, fragility of red blood cells, and the immune system.