Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An essential part of your diet

July 03, 2018 - 3:15 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Omega-3 fatty acids are nutrients that not only help prevent heart disease but also help fight cancer and even help with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. 

But do you know how to get omega-3 fatty acids in your diet? 

Certainly you can take a nutrient pill, but it's always better to get things in their natural form. 

The most common source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish, but you could also naturally get omega-3 by eating walnuts, using vegetable oils, such as soybean oil or canola oil and from flaxseed. 

Omega-3 fatty acids provide energy for your body and help perform special molecules called eicosanoids, which play a vital role in the body.

The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5 ounce servings of cooked fatty fish each week. Such fish as salmon, herring, sardines, and Albacore tuna are best.