Better Nutrition

Discover Plant Oils for Heart Health

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According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, a diet rich in alpha- linolenic acid ( ALA) helps improve vascular function in overweight individual­s by decreasing infl ammation and improving endothelia­l function. In a randomized, double- blind trial published in the journal Hypertensi­on, researcher­s found that patients with peripheral artery disease— a form of atheroscle­rosis where blood fl ow to the extremitie­s is impeded— who consumed 30 grams of ALA- rich fl axseed oil daily reduced both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure after six months. Adding a daily dose of fl ax, hemp, chia, and walnut oils to your meals is a smart way to enjoy the benefi ts.

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