When scientists tell us omega-3 fatty acids boost heart health, they’re usually referring to two compounds commonly found in fish: EPA and DHA.
But a new study suggests that a plant-based omega-3 called alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is found in flaxseed, flax oil, vegetable oils, and some nuts, is probably just as effective at preventing cardiovascular disease as its fishy counterparts.
To protect your ticker, aim for 2 to 3 grams of ALA (about 1 oz walnuts, 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, or 2 tbsp soybean oil) daily.
SOURCE: PENN STATE U.
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