It used to be that fish was the go-to way to get omega-3s. These essential fatty acids, according to solid scientific research, can improve heart health and may prevent certain types of cancers. Salmon, tuna, and other sea dwellers are loaded with them, which is why we suggest that the Rebuccis eat fish twice a week (see familycircle.com/healthyfamily2011). Recently, however, numerous supermarket staples have been promoting their omega-3 credentials, so it's important to learn where these nutrients are derived from to ensure you're getting what you need.
By Regina Ragone
If you don't love fish, add daily servings of foods like ground flaxseeds, walnuts, and leafy greens into your diet. At your next physical, talk to your doctor about taking a fish oil supplement.
Originally published in the April 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.
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