Plant Sources of Essential Fatty Acids

Plant Sources of Essential Fatty AcidsA Pennsylvania State University study showed that omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources actually promote bone formation and may help to reduce the risk for osteoporosis by inhibiting excessive bone loss.

Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is found dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a variety of vegetable oils.

Plant sources of essential fatty acids:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Flaxseed
  • Flaxseed oil (also called linseed oil)
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Canola oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Soy oil
  • Wheat germ
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh

Additionally, plant sources of this essential nutrient tend also to be rich in vitamin E, which has many benefits including promoting cardiovascular health.

Certainly, vegetarians attain optimal health by consuming plant-based meals.  They are leaner and have more energy than their omnivorous counterparts and now it is apparent that they enjoy a healthier mood state, as well.


  1. Who says you can only get omega 3 from fish? Plants have omega 3 too therefore there is no reason for consuming any fish product just for the sake of getting this essential fatty acid.


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