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Many Sources Of Heart-Healthy Omega-3s For Functional Foods

May 1, 2010: 09:58 PM EST
Many studies have linked higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. But which source is better for a functional food for cardiovascular health? Omega-3s from fish oil supplements have been studied extensively in the area of cardiovascular disease, but other sources are available on the market. Algal oil supplements provide DHA as the principal fatty acid. Krill oil containing choline and astaxanthin is a newer omega-3 source. Plants are another source of omega-3s, especially ALA, which has been recommended by medical authorities as a supplement for coronary heart disease patients and others who need to lower triglycerides levels. Flax, chia, hemp, walnut, pumpkin seed and other plants are the main sources of ALA for supplements.
Michael Schmidt, PhD, "Who's the alpha among omegas?", Functional Ingredients, May 01, 2010, © Penton Media, Inc.
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