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  2. Jun 23, 2023

Plant-Based Omega-3 Fatty Acids Beneficial for Patients with ALS

A new study finds that alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) found in plant foods such as flax seed, soybeans, chia seeds, and walnuts may improve survival and slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).1 Previous studies have linked consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are abundant in a plant-based diet, with a reduced risk of ALS.2


  1. Bjornevik K, Cortese M, Furtado J, et al. Association of polyunsaturated fatty acids and clinical progression in patients with ALS: post hoc analysis of the EMPOWER trial. Neurology. Published online June 21, 2023. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000207485
  2. Fitzgerald KC, O’Reilly ÉJ, Falcone GJ, et al. Dietary ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. JAMA Neurol. 2014;71(9):1102–1110. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.1214

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