The Truth About Omega-3s

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They say omega-3s are great for your brain and good for your heart. But what's the real story with the fatty acid found in fish? Here's the truth about omega-3s.

Wait, if omega-3s are considered fats, are they really good for me?

Yes, because not all fats are created equal. [BUZZER] Unlike trans fats that can cause plaque buildup and heart disease, omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They can help reduce your risk of heart disease plus lower triglycerides and high blood pressure.

Is it true that omega-3s can make me smarter?

Maybe-- scientists have found that omega-3 fatty acids are very important for brain function and play a key role in memory, behavior, and performance. In fact, poor memory may even be a sign that you aren't getting enough omega-3s.

Since omega-3s are found in fish, does that mean I have to eat seafood every day?

No. Aim for at least 250 milligrams of omega-3s a day. But that doesn't mean you have to eat fish at every meal. Eating eight ounces twice a week will give you the recommended amount.

But I don't like fish.

No problem. If salmon, mackerel, and sardines aren't your thing, or you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, try plant based sources of omega-3s. Plant and nut oils, walnuts, and flax seeds are all good sources. You have to eat a lot of them to get the same benefits that you do from fish, so you may want to consider a supplement as well.

When it comes to omega-3s, whether you choose fish, nut oils, or fish oil supplements, you're sure to make a heart healthy choice.