Eating walnuts could be good for your heart - Fox 2 News Headlines

Eating walnuts could be good for your heart

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By Deena Centofanti
Fox 2 News Health Reporter

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- It might be time to get out that nutcracker and break open those walnuts.  It turns out something in them may protect your heart.

Just a handful of walnuts will give you a full day's supply of ALA.  That's the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-Linolenic acid.

In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers looked at more than a couple dozen studies involving over 200,000 patients.  They found the higher the ALA intake, the lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, specifically coronary heart disease.

Usually you hear about omega-3 fatty acids coming from fish, but plant-based ALA is starting to get a lot of attention, too, linked to lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing inflammation.

We should point out this study was paid for by the California Walnut Commission.

Click here to learn where you can find other sources of ALA in food.

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