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Alpha-linolenic acid, a better replacement for saturated fat than linoleic acid, may be prohibitively challenged from taking the central healthy-fat dietary role simply due to the practical issues of finding it in ample amounts in a typically diverse modern diet.
Walnuts contain 3,800 milligrams of linoleic acid and 9,080 milligrams of alpha-linolenic acid per 100 grams.
TABLE: ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS Essential Fatty Acids AE Alpha-Linolenic Acid Linoleic Acid (18:3n-3) (18:2n-6) Number of Carbons 18 18 Number of Double Bonds 3 2 Omega Designation Omega-3 Omega-6 Category Long Chain Long Chain Polyunsaturated Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Fatty Acid Significant Related EPA (20:5n-3) GLA (18:3n-6) Fatty Acids Eicosapentanoic Acid Gamma Linolenic Acid DHA (22:6n-3) CLA (18:2n-6) Docosahexanoic Acid Conjugated Linoleic Acid Dietary Sources Flaxseed Meat Rapeseed Peanuts Walnuts Corn Microalgae Soy Fatty Cold Water Farmed salmon Fish Relative Prevalence Low High in U.
Drinking just half a pint a day of organic milk as part of a healthy balanced diet gives a useful additional source of this Omega 3 fatty acid, as it provides approximately 10% of the recommended daily intake [RDI] of essential n-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid.
Prior studies have suggested an association between alpha-linolenic acid and prostate cancer, said Dr.
WASHINGTON -- Men with a high intake of alpha-linolenic acid from either animal or vegetable sources had an increased risk of metastatic prostate cancer compared with men with a lower intake, Dr.
The newer 1,000-patient study demonstrated that an Indo-Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, nuts, vegetables, whole grains, mustard seed oil, and other sources of alpha-linolenic acid was associated with a markedly lower cardiovascular event rate than the NCEP step 1 diet (Lancet 360[9344]:1455-61, 2002).
They contain essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and Alpha-Linolenic Acid, all of which are important for energy conversion.
The diet, which is high in alpha-linolenic acid, is a significant departure from the step 1 and step 2 diet recommended by the American Heart Association.
Compared with the volunteers on the AHA-style diet, those following the Mediterranean diet got significantly more alpha-linolenic acid in their diets.

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