Omega 3 may prevent heart disease—and it doesn’t matter where they come from.
When experts tell us omega 3 fatty acids improve heart health, they’re usually referring to two compounds commonly found in fish: EPA and DHA.
However, a new study suggests that a plant-based omega-3 known as 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 heart, consume 2 to 3 grams of ALA; this is about 1 oz. walnuts, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, or 2 tbsp soy bean oil every day.