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Walnuts and Fish Protect Against Heart Disease in Different Ways, According to Newly Published Loma Linda University Research
Date:4/13/2009

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Dr. Rajaram adds, "Individuals should strive to include a plant source of omega-3 fat in their diet, like walnuts, and also a marine source of omega-3 fat. If fatty fish is not a preferred option for marine-derived omega-3 fat, other options include microalgae oil or DHA-enriched eggs."

The department of nutrition has significant experience conducting tightly controlled feeding studies among varying populations. This one, conducted with a healthy population, is the fifth study testing the health and nutrition properties of walnuts. This study differs from the previous studies in that it compared a plant source of the omega-3 fatty acid with a marine source, the first study to make this comparison. Subjects were randomly assigned to each of the three diets for eight weeks over a 24-week feeding schedule. This gave the researchers a chance to compare the effect of each diet on each participant.

Loma Linda University is a health-science university in Southern California known for its nutrition and lifestyle research in relation to chronic diseases. For more information about the University please visit the website www.llu.edu. To access the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition manuscript reference doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.26736S on the Internet.

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