What Is Omega-3?

Sure, it's a fatty acid, which might make you want to avoid it at all costs, but omega-3 is actually a "good-for-you" fat. Known as an "essential" fatty acid, it's good for your body and mind. Omega-3 is highly concentrated in the brain and maintains nerve cell membrane structure—and it's a big mood booster. Insufficient omega-3 is linked to poor memory and depression.

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The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 5: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on July 26, 2014 On Vitality
In our supplement crazy world, this one actually seems to make sense. Western diets are seriously lacking in Omega 3 fatty acid, and depletion can lead to mood instability and depression.