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Researchers have found that eating the plant-based version of omega-3 fatty acid present in walnuts and flaxseeds can reduce the risk of heart disease and boost heart health.
Salmon is usually considered the easiest way to ensure a healthy omega-3 intake.
However, a recent review of scientific findings in journal Advances in Nutrition and Food found that the alpha-linolenic acid in plant-based foods such as flaxseeds and walnuts could account for a 20% reduction in the risk of fatal coronary heart disease.
And it was associated with a 10% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Alpha-linolenic acid is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants.
Report author Penny Kris- Etherton, of Penn State University in the United States, said: “People may not want to eat seafood, but it’s still important for them to consume omega-3s to reduce the risk of heart disease and to promote overall health.
“Plant-based ALA in the form of walnuts or flaxseeds can also provide these benefits, especially when incorporated into a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”
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