Omega-3 fatty acids have been credited with a number of health benefits, including heart health, cognitive function and proper growth and development in children.

But many women tend to shy away from any type of fat in fear of gaining weight. It has long been established that “good” fats won’t make you gain weight the way refined sugar will, yet many women remain deficient in omega-3s.

Here’s why you can’t afford to skip out on the good fats if you’re a woman.