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Tara Gidus Collingwood | December 19, 2017

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential in all of the body’s cells, especially in the brain (30 percent of brain weight is omega-3s). Omega-3s

provide many health benefits, including protecting the brain and heart, reducing inflammation and aiding in recovery.

There are three main types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid: Found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel, these are the most absorbable forms of omega-3s. EPA

repairs brain tissue, reduces inflammation, and supports mood and focus; DHA is essential for brain development, cellular structure, and function.

Alpha-Linolenic Acid: Found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp and walnuts, our body can convert the omega-3s in these food sources to EPA and DHA. However, it’s difficult to

measure how much actually gets converted and if it’s sufficient.

Exercise-related benefits

Speeds recovery post workout and with injury

Lowers risk of overuse injury

Improves joint mobility and flexibility

Decreases inflammation

Promotes healthy immune response

Reduces muscle soreness

Improves blood flow and oxygen delivery to active muscle

Lowers risk of concussion

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