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In a Bad Mood? Eat More Salmon! Omega-3s are Good for Your Heart, and Your Brain.

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Overly critical of your spouse's spending habits? Losing your temper over the littlest things? Mad because last week's episode of Desperate Housewives was a re-run?

Maybe you need to improve your mood. Eating more foods rich in omega-3s just might do the trick. Omega-3s are the healthy fatty acids found in fish like salmon and mackerel, and in plant foods like walnuts, flax, hemp and canola oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids seem to affect areas of the brain associated with emotion. A new study focused on 106 healthy people. Those who had low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids scored worse than those with high levels on tests designed to assess mood, personality and impulsive behavior.

So how much omega-3 should you be getting in your diet? The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fatty fish each week. But I recommend eating as many different types of omega-3 rich fish as you enjoy. Salmon, for example, is a flavorful, versatile fish that you can roast, poach, grill or broil. Look for Alaskan Wild Salmon, free of the additives of much farm-raised salmon.

Try my ChefMD®-approved recipe for Pan-Grilled Citrus Salmon over Asian Slaw, and start getting more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet today.

It's good for your heart and for your disposition!

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