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How omega-3-fats benefit the brain and mind

Omega-3-fats and Fish oil Supplements are mentioned often these days, but few understand what they are and why we may need them. They often are mentioned in the context of inflammation, but few understand what they are and how to reap the many possible benefits of omega-3s. Low omega-3 levels are associated with a multitude of health issues such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, eye disease, depression, ADHD and much more. Much has been written about the benefits of omega-3s for heart health, but their benefits for brain health and mental health are less well known. What Are Omega-3-Fats? Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods, such as fish and flaxseed, and  dietary supplements, such as krill oil and fish oil. The three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids are major building blocks for membranes, cell structures that are

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The key to happiness: Appreciate the little things

Right now, look up from your phone, or look away from the computer screen or the TV. Look around you, look in your loved ones’ faces or out of the window. When did you last go for a walk in nature and notice the beauty around you? People spend their days worrying and thinking about the big things: acing that big test, getting that big paying job, going on that big date. They fail to notice the sweet little things that make life so special: The bird that is warbling in the tree branch outside of your office window is a call to enjoy the beauty of nature rather than the stress of work, yet you probably do not take the time to notice it because you just must get your proposal done for your demanding boss. The smell of freshly baked bread can awaken pleasant memories of your childhood

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