Plant-based oils lower risk of cardiovascular diseases

Plant-based oils lower risk of cardiovascular diseases

Study was a large systematic meta-analysis review incorporating 27 original studies and including 251,049 people as published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012.

The researchers found that the plant-based Omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) offers good protective effects on cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Most studies on Omega-3 fatty acids have been directed towards marine sources such as fish and krill.  The new research is showing in many different studies around the world that the plant-based counterpart ALA also offers cardiovascular benefits.

“Research is showing that the effects of ALA may have unique and independent benefits important to our well-being”
Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., distinguished professor of nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University.

“Given that plant sources of ALA are cheaper and more accessible to many people as compared to Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, this study expands our arsenal to fight heart disease with safe and well tolerated dietary interventions that are easy for people to incorporate into their lifestyles”
Cardiologist Dr James Beckerman. 

The study found:

  1. Eating plants rich in ALA was associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and CVD death
  2. Each 1 gram per day increment of ALA intake was associated with a 10% lower risk of CHD death
  3. Confirmed was earlier studies finding ALA consumption lowers cholesterol levels, positively affects thrombosis, improves endothelial function and decreases inflammation

As reported by FNB News on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Posted: Wednesday 19 December 2012