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What's the big deal about omega-3?

(NC) Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health, but the body does not produce them. Getting a sufficient amount in our diet every day is up to us/

As an essential health-promoting, polyunsaturated fat, omega-3s help support vascular and heart health. Studies have suggested that omega-3s play a role in cognitive function, supporting joint health, and in eye health. These important nutrients help our body to function properly.

Since we don't produce omega-3 on our own, a good source is readily obtained from a balanced diet of fish, like salmon and trout—and a different omega-3 acid (called ALA) is found in flax seeds and nut oils. To get the right balance, we have to think about adding this fat to our diet every day.

Canada's Food Guide recommends at least two servings (75 grams each) of fish per week. That is 150 grams or one cup of cooked fish.

Getting enough omega-3 through dietary sources alone can be challenging so some Canadians take quality daily krill oil supplement, like MegaRed.

More information on omega-3s is available from your health care provider.

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