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What is the role of flaxseed in heart protection?

Flaxseed is another source of phytoestrogens that is increasingly in the spotlight. It also has a promising role in heart protection, largely because it contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own. ALA is a precursor of the heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids found in heart-healthy foods such as salmon and other fatty fish. (Although the mercury content of certain fish such as swordfish, shark, and tuna is a health concern for fetuses and young children whose nervous systems are still developing, for women past childbearing years, the benefits may outweigh the risks. Women who may still get pregnant should avoid eating fish that may contain high levels of mercury.)

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