Fatty acids include monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which act as cofactors in some metabolic processes. They can be made for energy storage or used for energy consumption. Fatty acids also act as building blocks for phospholipids and glycolipids, they modify proteins, and help with hormone and intracellular messengers.
There are a total of 17 whole omegas, including omega-3 and -6, that are essential fatty acids and can not be synthesized inside the body. Omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) may support cellular development, healthy-looking skin and hair, including support for cognitive function and healthy eyes. Fatty acids may also support healthy joints and connective tissue, and a healthy response to internal challenges, while also helping to maintain normal mobility.
For people who have specific dietary restrictions, plant based omega supplements can offer exactly what they need to get the optimal amount of omega-3s.