Omega-3 Fat Is Actually a Vitamin
In the 1920s, one of the several omega-3 fats was discovered. The researchers determined that it is essential for health and met the scientific criteria to be called a vitamin. Appropriately, this fat was named “vitamin F.” Yet you probably haven’t heard of vitamin F. Why not? You can rule out omega-3’s fatty nature as the reason it lacks “vitamin status,” because there are other fat-based vitamins: vitamins A, D, E, and K. At the time of the vitamin F discovery, vitamin E also had just been discovered. Because of the scientific excitement over the newly discovered vitamin E, vitamin F was ignored and disappeared into oblivion (until the last decade). Although research on omega-3 fats has exploded, the name vitamin F never resurfaced. It’s too bad that the vitamin F nomenclature did not stick. That term alone would emphasize how essential these fats are to our body. As with vitamins, our body cannnot make these fats (or enough of them), so they are required in our diet.
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