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The importance of omega-3 fatty acids

When it comes to fat, one particular fat you do not want to reduce is omega-3 fatty acids. It's good for your body, and it helps reduce cancer and heart disease. It also helps control blood clots and benefits your cell membranes.

There are three types of fat within the omega-3 fatty acid component:  

  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

ALA's are primarily found in plant sources like walnuts, flaxseed and canola oil. EPA and DHA are primarily found in fish, like anchovies, sardines, salmon and tuna. It is crucial to get omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. If you're not eating any of these foods, make sure you talk to your doctor about taking a supplement. 

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