Oily, fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackeral and sardines are loaded with a healthy compound called Omega 3 fatty acids.Â Â Â
"Omega 3 fatty acids are a class of fats, good fats, that are actually just as essential as vitamins to our health," said Dr. Andrew Stoll from McLean Hospital.
Omega 3 is also found in fish oil supplements, flax seed and some eggs. Dr. Stoll, author of "The Omega 3 Connection," says the compound controls inflammation and is needed by every cell in the body to function normally and ward off disease.Â Â Â
"We know that omega 3 can protect the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, really every organ system that we know of including the brain," he said.
Dr. Stoll recommends eating one or two servings of cooked fish a week, unless you're pregnant, breast feeding or a child. Fish carries traces of mercury and other toxins that can be harmful to developing babies and young kids.Â
And, a warning about flax seed; it's a good source of a different type of omega 3, but Dr. Stoll says the majority of people can't absorb it in their bodies.Â Â
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