omega-3

adjective
ome·ga-3 | \ ō-ˈmā-gə-ˈthrē , -ˈmē- , -ˈme- \

Definition of omega-3 

: being or composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids that have the final double bond in the hydrocarbon chain between the third and fourth carbon atoms from the end of the molecule opposite that of the carboxyl group and that are found especially in fish, fish oils, green leafy vegetables, and some nuts and vegetable oils — compare omega-6

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Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of good fat that may help your baby’s brain development, G. Thomas Ruiz, M.D., lead ob/gyn at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilary Duff May Have Eaten Sushi While Pregnant and Everyone Needs to Chill Out About It," 13 July 2018 Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for development of the brain and eyes. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Benefits of eating fish," 19 June 2018 For instance, walnut milk is a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Your Guide to Creating Dairy-Free Nut, Seed and Rice Milks," 22 June 2018 This recipe features salmon, which is a great source of protein and provides plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "VIDEO: Sheet-pan rainbow vegetables & lemon-garlic salmon," 21 May 2018 Fish is the best dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 Their diet is different than wild caught fish, which might affect their omega-3 levels. Bianca Arney, baltimoresun.com, "Eating fish for your best health," 2 May 2018 When studies of large populations showed that people who eat lots of seafood had fewer heart attacks, many assumed that the benefits came from the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, Lichtenstein said. Liz Szabo, CNN, "Enthusiasm over vitamins often outpaces evidence, experts say," 13 Apr. 2018 When studies of large populations showed that people who eat lots of seafood had fewer heart attacks, many assumed that the benefits came from the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, Lichtenstein said. Liz Szabo, chicagotribune.com, "Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work," 6 Apr. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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omega-3

adjective
ome·ga-3 | \ -ˈthrē \

Medical Definition of omega-3 

: being or composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids in which the first double bond in the hydrocarbon chain occurs between the third and fourth carbon atoms from the end of the molecule most distant from the carboxylic acid group and which are found especially in fish (as tuna and salmon), fish oils, green leafy vegetables, and some vegetable oils

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