Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
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In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading
An analysis of 19 studies involving 45,637 participants in 16 countries provides the most comprehensive picture to date of how omega-3 fats may influence heart disease. Higher blood levels of omega-3s from seafood as well as plants were associated with a lower risk of dying from heart attacks
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If concerns about mercury in seafood have kept you from the possible brain benefits of consuming more fish, an unusual new study has good news. Researchers did find that older adults who ate more seafood had higher brain levels of mercury—but that toxin was not associated with any signs of
Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
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It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and shows promise for lowering triglycerides, but is krill oil (from a type of tiny crustacean at the bottom of the food chain) better than fish oil? Here’s what the research says.
One type of algae, spirulina, has been a superfood since the 15th century due to its tremendous nutritional value. Spirulina benefits include improved brain function, decreased allergies, and improved free radical protection.
Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
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The best omega-3 supplement must be one that can optimize your body’s levels of EPA and DHA. Can a vegetarian omega-3 do this? Let’s clear the confusion by looking at plant-based omega-3 oils compared to fish oil.