Updated: 05/17/2014 02:16

Eat your fish and have more nuts

Eat your fish and have more nuts

A recent study has shown that it is not just marine omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart. 

Plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial too. 

The study led by Associate Professor Koh Woon Puay of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, has found that intake of omega-3 fatty acids derived from seeds, nuts, grains and their oils result in lower risk of death from cardiovascular complications. 

The top 25 per cent of the study cohort who took the most omega-3 fatty acids are 17 per cent less likely to die as a result of heart disease compared to the lowest quartile. 

Similar trends have also been found between omega-3 fatty acid intake and mortality risk from coronary heart disease, as well as stroke. 

These findings are based on a study of more than 63,000 Chinese between the ages of 45 and 74 living in Singapore.

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