Tag: alpha linolenic acid

Study: Flaxseed Helps Hypertension

Sprinkling a little ground flaxseed on your cereal every day may help protect you against high blood pressure that could lead to a brain-damaging stroke, according to recent research. This finding adds to a number of other brain benefits ascribed to the tiny golden seed.
In a study designed to assess

Newsbriefs: Omega-3s; Broccoli; Coffee; DASH Diet; Camelina Oil

Omega-3s in Fish May Reduce Glaucoma Risk
Increasing your omega-3 intake may help protect against glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology online Dec. 21, 2017. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel,

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Whether you’re suffering from tendonitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side-effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation and headaches. If only there was something you could do (or take)

Ask the Doctor: Foods That Prevent Cancer; Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Q: Are there any foods that have been proven to prevent cancer?

A: There is no “superfood” that will prevent cancer on its own, but there are many foods that have cancer-fighting properties.

Cancer-fighting foods include cruciferous vegetables and berries. These foods are rich in antioxidants, substances that prohibit oxidation at the

Small Seeds Are Big in Beneficial Nutrients

You know that a healthy, balanced diet includes protein, healthy fats, and fiber—but did you know that these valuable nutrients, along with many others, are packed into some of the tiniest items you eat?
Along with protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat, seeds provide essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and

Ask Tufts Experts: Fish Oil; Flaxseed; Sweet vs. White Potatoes

Q. I take fish oil for heart health, but some of what I read in the health press says fish oil doesn’t do much. Should I stop taking it?
A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers:

5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage

Best Omega-3 Supplement: Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

Best Omega-3 Supplement: Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

Have you heard the claim that the best omega-3 supplement is a vegetarian omega-3? The fish oil vs. flaxseed oil debate has been going on for years but recently came to the forefront again. Some well-known natural health experts say that it’s better to get your long-chain omega-3 fatty acids

6. Healthful Fats

At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to help you absorb nutrients, increase your

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