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The big “O”
Omega fats play a large role in promoting or inhibiting inflammation, so it’s important to understand the difference between the good and the bad, like omega-6 versus omega-3. “Omega-3s can be found in fish, flaxseed and walnuts, and are known as ‘calming fats’ because they reduce and prevent stress,” explains Friedman. Omega-3 fats make up most of the 60 percent fat in your brain. Omega-6 fats are also essential fatty acids, but too much isn’t good for you. “If you have soft, brittle nails or stiff joints, or are feeling fatigued, these may be warning signs that you are not getting enough omega-3 fats in your diet,” says Friedman. “And unfortunately for Americans, the omega-6 fat, although essential, is too predominant in our diets.” Most omega-6 fats are found in packaged convenience foods and in beef, pork, chicken and egg yolks.

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