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The power of walnuts is announced with California Walnuts!

California Walnut Commission to raise awareness of the benefits of Omega-3 and to highlight what an outstanding plant-based source of Omega-3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) walnuts are. The Power of Fame” announced its global promotional campaign. Walnut is a versatile food that is easily available and can be used in meals and snacks. It also makes it possible to meet the recommended daily requirement of plant-based omega-3 ALA for humans (1.6 g per day for men and 1.1 g per day for women) in a delicious form.

On the other hand, Omega-3 deficiency is a common problem in Turkey as well as all over the world. Considering the busy life in cities and nutrition programs consisting of processed foods, it can be said that there is a deficiency in our Omega-3 consumption.

Walnuts, the only tree nut containing significant amounts of plant-based Omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz), which research has shown to play a role in heart health, brain health and healthy aging .2,3,4 There are three forms of Omega-3, including EPA and DHA, which are commonly found in marine sources such as fish and algae, and ALA, an essential plant-based fatty acid that can be found in food sources such as walnuts, flax, and chia seeds. Research continues to uncover the unique benefits of ALA, unlike the more widely known benefits of marine sources.

Just a handful of walnuts each day can help support bodily health.

The campaign makes it easy for people around the world to add a handful of walnuts to their daily meals and snacks. Throughout March, the global campaign will run across multiple continents simultaneously and will include retail promotions, advertisements, recipes, videos and more – so consumers can easily experience multicultural dining at home.

California Walnut Commission International Marketing Director Pam Graviet said, “We’ve had incredible success with the Power of 3 campaign over the past two years and we’re excited to launch it in 2022.” Graviet continued: “As more people adopt plant-based eating habits, it’s been a great way to share how walnuts can help individuals achieve their personal goals. It’s always exciting to see how walnut lovers share their personal experiences.”

Consumers can use the hashtag #3 to share on social media how they are doing more for their health with a handful of walnuts at a time. For more information on delicious recipe ideas with plant-based omega-3 ALA and California walnuts, visit www.californiawalnut.com.tr.

The Science Behind Plant-Based Omega-3 ALA:

ALA and Heart Health

in Advances in Nutrition one study revealed that ALA can help improve heart health, just as we have seen in studies focusing on EPA and DHA. provided evidence. According to a clinical study published in The Journal of Nutrition, a diet rich in omega-3 ALA from foods like walnuts may help reduce the risk of heart disease through anti-inflammatory effects. Well-controlled clinical studies are needed to clarify its effects on cardiovascular disease risk and to determine the recommended amount of ALA consumed for heart health benefits.

ALA and Brain Health

ALA and Healthy Aging

Journal of the A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2020) looked at the regular consumption of foods rich in marine or plant-based omega-3s and the risk of death in people who have had a heart attack. 7 Additionally, research from one of the largest clinical trials examining the benefits of the Mediterranean diet found that elderly Hispanic individuals (55-80 years old) at high cardiac risk and whose diets favored a high consumption of fish with dietary ALA had a reduced risk of all-cause mortality. 8 Specifically, study participants who consumed at least 0.7% of their daily caloric intake from ALA had a 28% lower risk of all-cause death.

1 Nutritional reference intakes for energy, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein and amino acids (Macronutrients) (2005) NAS. IOM. Food and Nutrition Board.

2Supporting but inconclusive research suggests that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day and avoiding extra calories as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (FDA) One ounce of walnuts contains 18 g total fat, 2.5 g monounsaturated fat, 13 g polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 g alpha-linolenic acid – plant-based omega-3.

3 Fleming JA, Kris-Etherton PM. Evidence for α-linolenic acid and cardiovascular disease benefits: comparisons of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Advances in Nutrition 2014;5(6):863S-76S. doi: 10.3945/an.114.005850.

4Sala-Vila A, Valls-Pedret C, Rajaram S, Coll-Padrós N, Cofán M, Serra-Mir M, Pérez-Heras AM Roth I1, Freitas-Simoes TM1, Doménech M1, Calvo C, López-Illamola A, Bitok E, Buxton NK, Huey L, Arechiga A, Oda K, Lee GJ, Corella D, Vaqué-Alcázar L, Sala-Llonch R, Bartrés-Phase D, Sabaté J, Ros E. Effect of a 2-year diet intervention with walnuts on cognitive decline. The Walnuts And Healthy Aging (WAHA) study: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nut.2020;111(3): 590–600, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqz328

5Zhao G, Etherton TD, Martin KR, West SG, Gillies PJ, Kris-Etherton PM. Nutritional alpha-linolenic acid reduces hypercholesterolemic inflammatory and lipid cardiovascular risk factors in men and women. J Nutr. (Journal of Nutrition) 2004; 134:2991-7. doi: 10.1093/jn/134.11.2991

6Barceló-Coblijn G, Murphy EJ. Alpha-linolenic acid and its conversion to longer chain n3 fatty acids: human health benefits, role in maintaining n-3 fatty tissue acid levels. Prog Lipid Res. 2009;48(6):355-74. doi: 10.1016 / j.plipres.2009.07.002.

7Lázaro I, Rueda F, Cediel G et al. Circulating Omega-3 Fatty Acids and adverse effects in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. October 2020, 76 (18) 2089–2097. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2020.08.073

8 Sala-Vila A, Guasch-Ferré M, Hu FB et al. Mortality in a population with dietary α-linolenic acid, marine ω-3 fatty acids and high fish consumption: findings from the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) study. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2016;5(1):e002543. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.

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