This lipid emulsion contains a high omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio, high concentrations of linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid, and lacks arachidonic acid (ARA, an omega-6 fatty acid) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid).
The specific omega-3 sources associated with lower risk for broken hips are ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which comes from plant sources such as flaxseed oil and some nuts, as well as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which is found in fatty types of fish.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS: Although leaves are very low in fats, the small amounts of fat that they do contain tend to consist of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid. These are essential for the health of the immune system and in making cell membranes.
Flaxseed, derived from the flax plant, is rich in the essential fatty acid, alpha-linoleic acid. It also contains estrogen-like chemicals called lignans, which are believed to have antioxidant properties.