Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the single best nutrients your body needs for your overall health and vitality.
And trust me, I’ve talked about them A LOT in Health Watch… especially when it comes to how they benefit your heart health.
The gold standard for most folks getting their omega-3s usually comes from eating fish, or taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement.
But what if you’re not a seafood-lover… or can’t stick to a consistent supplement regimen?
Well, my friend, science has just thrown us another bone…
Because there’s another omega-3 source you probably didn’t know about that can do wonders for your heart.
And the best part? It doesn’t involve a single piece of fish!
Plants – The ‘Other’ Omega-3
Sure, salmon is synonymous with omega-3s. But according to researchers from Penn State, you can also get heart-healthy omega-3s from PLANTS.
Their study found that eating alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based version of omega-3, can protect your heart and reduce your risk of heart disease.
In fact, the study found that eating ALA from various plant-based foods like walnuts and flaxseeds contributed to:
- A 10% decline in cardiovascular disease risk
- A 20% lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease
The study also found that eating ALA-rich foods in addition to ‘traditional’ sources of omega-3s could provide a positive benefit to your overall heart health.
In other words, whether it’s a handful of walnuts or a plateful of salmon… you can’t have ‘too many’ omega-3s.
I love eating walnuts, and often use the crushed variety as a topping for salads (even a refreshing salmon salad – for an extra boost of omega-3s).
ALA is available in many cooking oils available at your grocery story, including canola oil – a great alternative for those with nut allergies.
If you have heart disease – or are simply working to help better your heart health – be sure to talk to you doctor about the best approach for incorporating ALA (and all omega-3s) into your diet.
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Anderer, John. “No seafood or supplements: Walnuts and plant-based omega-3s can also boost heart health.” 4/29/22. https://www.studyfinds.org/walnuts-plant-based-omega-3/