Alpha-linolenic acid is most commonly used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart disease, and high blood pressure. It is also used for other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
You have probably heard a lot about other omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, which are found in fish oil. Be careful not to confuse alpha-linolenic acid with these other omega-3 fatty acids. Not all omega-3 fatty acids act the same way in the body. Alpha-linolenic acid may not have the same benefits as EPA or DHA.
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