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Science says it's good to eat oily fish (like tuna and mackerel) about twice a week. That's the best source of omega-3s, which you can think of as your body's healthy fat superheroes, battling inflammation and blood clots, transmitting intracellular information, and keeping your heart and brain stay safe. The problem? The human body doesn't make omega-3s. And many Americans don’t eat much "fishy" fish (too expensive or just yucky, depending on your perspective). Hence the demand for fish oil/omega-3 supplements, a popular alternative popped by nearly 10 percent of the adult population.

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