ALA – Alpha-linolenic Acid

ALA is an omega-3 fat found mainly in plants. It is an essential fatty acid, meaning your body can’t produce it and you must obtain it through your diet. Plants use this fat to convert sunlight into energy, making it vital to our planet’s energy production. In the brain, ALA is converted to the longer omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are particularly important for brain and heart health.

Higher intakes of ALA are linked to a lower risk of depression and may decrease anxiety and the effects of stress.

Top Farmacy Sources: Eggs, Flaxseeds, Purslane, Walnuts, Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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