Study Shows the Health Benefits of Linolenic Acid-the Plant Based Omega 3

Many studies have shown the heart healthy nature, and other health benefits of the Omega 3 fatty acids called EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic aid)  found in fish and seafood. For those who are allergic seafood or other fish, or just don’t like to eat them, there now comes scientific evidence for  similar health benefits of the plant sourced omega 3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).  ALA is found in flaxseed and its oil, vegetable oils,walnuts, macadamias and other nuts.

A review of the subject and available research was presented in the journal Advances in Nutrition by researchers J. A.Fleming and  P. M. Kris-Etherton. They compare the evidence for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease with the  Omega 3s DHA and EPA found in fish, for which there have been more studies and public recognition, and the evidence for the disease risk reduction for ALA  the plant based Omega 3.
In reviewing all the known research on the subject, these researchers came to the conclusion they have just published in  Advances in Nutrition, that ALA is likely just as effective in preventing cardiovascular disease as EPA and DHA. Researcher Dr Kris-Etherton says, “Our understanding of the cardiovascular disease benefits of ALA has advanced markedly during the past decade. Based on the current evidence, ALA decreases cardiovascular disease risk.” The authors of the article  believe that the official dietary recommendations for nutrients should increase the amount of  ALA recommended. Some other dietary sources of ALA, EPA and DHA are fortified foods such as bread, eggs, peanut butter, orange juice, and others.

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