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Do omega-3 fatty acids really work?

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for the body to function properly. Our bodies need them for normal growth and development and they are vital to brain function. Fatty acids also have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Since our bodies don't produce these, it is up to everyone to ensure they provide their bodies with the necessary amount. Several types of evidence exist to show that omega-3 prevents death from heart disease: epidemiological, observational, archeological, animal studies, and interventional studies.

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