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Eat well by including the good fat, omega-3

(NC) Managing vascular and heart health can be difficult, especially if your body does not get enough omega-3 fatty acids. This health-promoting polyunsaturated fat is essential for human life and provides numerous health benefits, such as supporting eye, joint and brain health.

Unfortunately, our bodies don't produce it, so we rely on dietary sources.

Cold water seafood like salmon, mackerel, herring and krill are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but this nutrient can also be found in some plants and nut oils.

Canada's Food Guide recommends at least two servings (75 grams each) of fish a week. That is 150 grams or 5 ounces, or one cup of cooked fish per week to meet the recommended amounts.

“The best way to get omega-3 fats is to eat two or more servings of fatty fish a week. However for some people, getting enough omega-3 fat through dietary sources alone can be challenging,” says Lucia Weiler, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant. “As a dietitian I encourage my clients who may not be getting an adequate amount of omega-3 fat through their diet to consider taking a quality omega-3 supplement like MegaRed.”

Krill oil mixes easily with water, allowing the body to more quickly absorb the fat without any unpleasant odour or aftertaste. Weiler points out that krill oil is absorbed more readily by the body because much of the omega-3 fat is bound to phospholipids. Phospholipids help the krill oil to dissolve in the water of our stomachs, which allows them to be more easily absorbed.

Talk to your registered dietitian or doctor about omega-3 fats and what you should be doing to ensure your body is getting the nutrients that it needs.

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