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A review of the weeks plant-based nutrition news April 5th 2020

Another week and hoping you are all remaining safe and well. Some more interesting studies to report.

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  1. The only benefit for CVD risk found was that long-chain omega-3 supplements may reduce triglyceride levels by 15% in a dose-dependent way.
  2. There is insufficient evidence to support increasing the consumption of oily fish in the diet for CVD prevention.
  3. Increasing intake of the essential short-chain omega-3 fatty acid found in plant foods, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), probably makes little or no difference to all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, coronary heart disease mortality and coronary heart disease events. However, increased ALA intake may slightly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease events and arrhythmia. The effects are small; 500 people would need to increase their ALA intake for several years to prevent one person experiencing a CVD event, and 91 people would need to increase ALA to prevent one person experiencing arrhythmia.

Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Founder and Director of Plant-based health professionals UK.