Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those who are at high risk of heart disease or already have it. And I suppose when it becomes a prescription drug, it’s no longer complementary but integrated into mainstream medicine.

So, here’s one last (maybe) entry on N-3 PUFA (omega-3) taken from the American Heart Association (AHA).

  • Eat fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week.
  • Mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Also, eat tofu and other forms of soybeans, canola, walnut, and flaxseed, and their oils, which contain alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) that becomes omega-3 fatty acid in the body.

More specific recommendations based on risk factors appear on the AHA website.

11/11/06 09:35 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.