Many people take a fish oil supplement every day for the omega-3 fatty acids benefits. However, fish and fish oil are not the only sources of omega-3. There is a plant source of omega-3 fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. Recent scientific studies have found that ALA has many health benefits when it is added to the diet.
Many studies have found positive associations between ALA consumption and heart disease. In one study done in 2012 by Harvard, researchers found that when consuming foods rich in ALA on a regular basis, patients had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. This study found that each gram increment of ALA intake was associated with a 10% lower risk of death from heart disease. Other studies have shown that ALA consumption may help lower blood pressure and offer protection from a stroke.
There are many ways to add in ALA to your diet. ALA is found in walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. Try adding these seeds into a bread or other baked good, or add some to your salad. Getting in many servings of these ALA-rich foods will help your health.
Information courtesy of environmentalnutrition.com