Omega-3 fatty acids are important to a healthy lifestyle. While it varies from person to person, even small amounts of omega-3's have been shown to have several health benefits. They may reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and lower the risk of stroke and other chronic diseases. 

Getting omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is easier than you think. There is no need to overhaul your entire diet. You can get omega-3 fatty acids from various sources, including nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. Some of the best are salmon, herring, sardines, anchovies, and tuna. Some studies show that adding these to our diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by a third or more.  If you are concerned about the mercury content or other contaminants in fish, the Mayo Clinic states that the heart-healthy benefits often outweigh the possible risks of exposure to toxic elements.

Include a handful of nuts or seeds in your daily diet, or plan a lean fish dinner a few days a week. Fish oil supplements are also a viable option to provide omega-3s. Regardless of the method, it only takes a few minor tweaks to eat the recommended amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and keep yourself in good health.

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