Plant fat protects against heart disease and cancer, research shows
Tehran: A global study led by Iranian experts has found that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a naturally occurring plant fat, not only protects our heart from many diseases, but also cancer. (Cancer) also reduces the risk.
Let’s say that ALA is one of the omega-3 fatty acids that are included in our basic nutritional needs.
The authors of the report, published in the medical research journal BMJ, include experts from Iran, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Canada.
The report is a comprehensive meta-analysis of 41 ALA and human health research over the past 32 years. A total of about 1.2 million people participated in the investigation.
Meta-analysis found that just one gram of ALA in the daily diet reduces the risk of heart disease by 5%.
According to the American Heart Association, soybean, canola (sweet mustard) oil, walnut and linseed seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including ALA.
Corn and sunflower oils have very low ALA levels, while flaxseed seeds have the highest, 45 to 55 percent. Soybeans, sesame oil and walnuts contain between 5 and 10 percent alpha-linolenic acid.
Meta-analysis also found that those who took adequate amounts of ALA on a daily basis had a much lower risk of cancer, while they were less likely to die from any other disease.
It should be noted that from the point of view of health, omega 3 fatty acids are very important but the human body is not capable of producing them. That’s why we get them from different foods.