The daily recommendation of alpha-linolenic acid is equal to about 1/2 oz of walnuts or just under one teaspoon of flaxseed oil.
People often think of salmon when they think of omega-3 fatty acids, but a new research review found that the major plant-based version of the nutrient, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), can benefit heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease for those who don’t eat seafood.
In a comprehensive literature review, the researchers found that consuming ALA that is found in plant-based foods like walnuts and flaxseeds was associated with a 10% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20% reduced risk of fatal coronary heart disease.
The review was published in Advances in Nutrition.
Release date: 23 March 2022
Source: Penn State