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Optimal Bioactivity

Omega-3 fatty acids are made up of carbon chains of varying lengths with three or more unsaturated double bonds.

Plant-derived alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - contained in flaxseed, certain rapeseed varieties and in walnuts - has 18 carbon atoms and three unsaturated double bonds. ALA belongs to the short-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Exclusively found in fish and algae, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are made up of 20 or 22 carbon atoms with 4 to 6 double bonds. DHA has the longest carbon chain with the highest number of double bonds. So DHA has the highest level of bioactivity.