SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 17, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Published in the January 16, 2007, edition of Nutrition Journal Penn State clinical research suggests walnuts, rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, are beneficial to the skeletal system by decreasing the breakdown of bone.
This is the first human study evaluating the effect of plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) on bone health. The results suggest higher consumption of ALA leads to a reduction in bone turnover, and a shift in the balance of bone degradation/formation toward formation.
Walnuts are unique as one as one of the most nutrient-dense whole food sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Numerous studies have already suggested that omega-3s, found in walnuts, reduce inflammation, heart and vascular disease risk, decrease insulin resistance, assist with weight management and may be beneficial in brain function.