Omega-3 fats are vital to your general health.
Omega-3 fats are central to proper brain and heart function.
They help elevate your mood, combat depression, prevent obesity, improve memory and learning, and enable clear thinking.
Omega-6 fats promote diseases, trigger fat production and cancel your omega-3 health benefits.
The ideal dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 1:1. Most Americans consume an 11:1 ratio.
To stay healthy, include all forms of omega-3 fats in your diet.
Good sources of omega-3 fats include fish oil, fatty fish, canola oil, flax, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, seaweed and hemp.
Eat fish regularly and take a daily fish oil supplement. Make sure your level of omega-6 consumption does not wipe out the omega-3 you eat.
Consume at least 2,200 milligrams daily of omega-3 fats from plants and at least 650 milligrams of omega-3 from marine sources.
Getting sufficient omega-3 during pregnancy protects the baby’s health.
Trained dietician with a practice in nutrition counseling. Author of numerous books on dieting and nutrition topics, and appears regularly on American TV. USA Today, Prevention and other national publications routinely feature her in diet stories.