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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