Omega-3: The vanishing nutrient beyond cardiovascular prevention and treatment

Ronit Endevelt, Danit R. Shahar

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Omega-3 appears to be an important nutrient component of the mammalian body, however because of changes in the food chain during the last century it has become increasingly rare in frequently eaten foods. Currently, the main source of omega-3 is fish, which tends to be expensive and is periodically found to be contaminated. Common foods such as eggs, chicken, etc, which were once in a rich source of omega-3, are now lacking it. Given the importance of omega-3 in a variety of body functions, as well as in the prevention of disease, it is obvious that in the coming years the scientific community worlwide will have to target agricultural research and development to the enrichment of foods with omega-3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Docosahexaenoic acid
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid
  • Nutrition
  • Omega-3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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