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Fish oil cited in healing injured brain
03:59 - Source: CNN

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Oily fish and fish oil contain omega-3s, which contain essential fatty acids

Research on omega-3s has varied through the centuries

CNN  — 

Study after study will say that adding fish to your diet is a healthy move.

Using fish oil supplements, though, is under near-constant debate.

The latest salvo: a new study that says the risk for some childhood allergies might go down if the mother takes fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy.

The federal advisory committee that wrote the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 advises adults to eat about 8 ounces of a variety of seafood each and every week.

This guideline is intended to provide you with healthy amounts of two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

These nutrients play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, metabolism and curbing inflammation, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Our bodies cannot manufacture these fatty acids, so we must consume them.