Omega-3s are essential fatty acids
which are needed for good health. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3s, we
need to get them from food.
Omega-3s can help lower triglycerides
(an unhealthy type of fat in the blood), and may increase HDL (healthy
cholesterol levels in the blood), which can reduce heart disease risk.
Foods rich in Omega- 3s include
cold-water fish such as salmon, rainbow trout, Arctic char, mackerel and
sardines. Aim for 2-3 servings (one serving is the size of your palm) of cooked
fish per week. Seeds such as flax, chia, hemp and walnuts are also excellent
sources of omega-3s, as are their oils.