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Impact of Essential Fatty Acids on Health Maintenance

Akira Sekikawa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, was recently interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concerning omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and their effects on brain development and health maintenance. According to Sekikawa, the American Health Association recommends replacing saturated fat with a balance of these poly-unsaturated fats that cannot be efficiently generated in the body, and must come from dietary sources. Eating oily fish twice a week or taking an omega-3 supplement can have a positive effect on overall health; however, a physician should be consulted before beginning any supplement regimen.

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