When scientists tell us omega-3 fatty acids boost heart health, they’re usually referring to two compounds commonly found in fish: EPA and DHA. 

But a new study suggests that a plant-based omega-3 called 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. 

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To protect your ticker, aim for 2 to 3 grams of ALA (about 1 oz walnuts, 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, or 2 tbsp soybean oil) daily. 

SOURCE: PENN STATE U.

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