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DHA EPA OMEGA-3, SELENIUM…. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? GOOD HEALTH!

Selenium

A mineral that is needed by the body to stay healthy. It is being studied in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer. Selenium is a type of antioxidant. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health, but required only in small amounts. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxygen metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Other selenoproteins help regulate thyroid function and play a role in the immune system. (Source: National Institute of Health)

DHA EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids

DHA EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids are important nutrients that are involved in many bodily processes. The body cannot make these fatty acids and must obtain them from food sources, or from supplements. (Source: American Cancer Society)

A healthy type of unsaturated fat is DHA EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It is found in oily fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel. You can also add Omega-3 fat to your diet by choosing canola oil, flaxseed and flax oil, other seeds, walnuts and soybeans. (Source: Canadian Cancer Society)

Here are some interesting websites and articles about the health benefits of DHA EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Selenium. 

September 5, 2008 - NaturaIngredients.com - Markets: Who is buying omega-3 - and in what form »

September 4, 2008 - NaturaIngredients.com - Supply: Where omega-3 comes from »

September 3, 2008 - NaturaIngredients.com - Regulation: Omega-3 ready for RDIs and further health claims »

September 2, 2008 - NaturaIngredients.com - Science: Is omega-3 omnipotent? »

DHA EPA Omega-3 Institute »

International Cod Liver Omega-3 Foundation »

February 16, 2004 - CTV.ca - Most Canadians not getting enough Omega 3s »