About this Research Topic
Trends towards sustainable plant-based diets mean that modern dietary staples are shifting with momentum, leading to ramifications for intakes of omega-3 fatty acids and the essential fatty acid metabolic pathway. Subsequently, there are growing demands for sustainable food-derived sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
These dietary shifts dictate a renewed focus around long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and fatty acid profiles of algae as an alternative, vegetarian source of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. In addition, some terrestrial plants have been modified to express eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.
This Research Topic ‘Optimal Omegas’ welcomes papers within the following research areas:
• Sustainable production of foods providing omega-3 fatty acids
• Related bioavailability studies
• Intervention studies focusing on ingestion of omega-3 fatty acids from foods and/or supplements, and human health across the lifespan
• Epidemiological evidence monitoring intakes of omega-3 fatty acids at different phases of the lifecycle and inter-relationships with health
• Literature reviews/discussion papers focusing on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids, including the improvement of the n3/n6 ratio for specific health conditions, or population groups across the lifespan
• Traditional and novel dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids including genetically modified foods: public health risks and benefits
• Experimental studies on the modulation of metabolic pathways in response to various omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids consumption ratios
Keywords: Omega-3 fatty acids, bioavailability, sustainability, plant-based, health, lifecycle
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