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“You may have heard about the countless health benefits of eating fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. From heart health to cholesterol regulation, these fats are essential for our bodies to function efficiently,” said Dr. Vernon Williams, founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine. “They also deliver some major brain-health needs. Studies suggest Omega-3 fatty acids help provide the structure necessary to maintain brain cells. Additionally, they are crucial for the smooth delivery of information between those cells. On the other hand, foods that are devoid of nutrition, like those high in sugar and saturated fats, have been found to actually damage brain cell membranes.”

“When possible, it's best to consume Omega 3 fatty acids in food-form rather than supplements,” he said. “Some of the highest concentrations can be found in these fishy friends: wild-caught salmon, anchovies, tuna, lake trout, sardines, herring, mackerel and sturgeon. Even better news is that it isn't just fish that can provide that Omega-3 fatty acid boost in your diet. This versatile compound is also found in walnuts and flax seeds.”