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Why omega-3 fatty acids are good for you, and where to find them

Benefits of Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are the good-for-you fats that protect your heart by reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight disease, boost your mind and mood, and reduce symptoms of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Recommended Amount: How Much You Need

Think in threes: Eating 3 ounces of nonfried fish -- rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- three times a week can make your RealAge younger. Not a fish lover? Many nuts, seeds, and plant oils are good sources, too.

Good Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Cold-water fish tend to have the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Try these:

Salmon

Haddock

Trout

Tuna

Mackerel

Sardines

Cod

Nuts and seeds -- and their oils -- are also good sources for omega-3s:

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil

Pumpkin seeds

Walnuts

Canola oil

Olive oil