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Omega-3 Fat Facts

In the fury over fats, we can all agree on one thing: omega-3 fatty acids have potent health benefits. Dozens of studies suggest that omega-3s can protect against cardiovascular disease, inflammation, arthritis, cognitive decline, mood disorders, and possibly cancer.

Because your body can’t make them, omega-3 fats must be consumed through supplements or food sources. But here’s the catch: not all omega-3s are interchangeable. The omega-3s found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), while plant sources of omega-3s, such as walnuts and flaxseed, contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The body converts ALA into EPA and DHA through a

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