Omega 3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function and consuming Omega 3 fatty acids greatly reduces the chances of heart disease (the leading cause of death in the United States and Europe.) Proper balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (1:4) is essential to good health. In North America and European an overabundance of corn, canola and soy oil is consumed in processed and packaged goods, which are all heavy in Omega 6 fatty acids. An imbalance in these two Omegas causes mental illnesses, heart disease, violent behavior and ADD and may be undetected for years. The best way to promote this healthy balance is to consume 2 Tablespoons of flaxseed daily. You will also get a big dose of fiber, to keep you lean and your heart healthy. Walnuts and fatty fish, such as salmon, also have a high ratio of Omega 3.