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Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids required in the diet. Found mainly in plants, omega 3s have a variety of health benefits: they help maintain a healthy heart, reduce blood fat levels, and decrease the tendency for clots to form in the legs. DHA, one type of omega 3, may be protective against Alzheimer's. And, in contrast to omega-6 fatty acids (found in meat, nuts, oils, and grains), omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and help reduce the levels of prostaglandins in the blood. Prostaglandins are important mediators of the pain response, so high levels should be avoided by reducing consumption of foods high in omega-6 fatty acids in favor of green leafy vegetables, berries, flax seeds and our personal favorite, chia seeds, a veritable gold mine when it comes to omega-3 content.

It is often difficult to introduce chia seeds into the diet. Often they are blended into a smoothie, but seeds don't combine well with fruit, with the result being gas, bloat, and other symptoms …