Does ALA offer any potential health benefits independent of its conversion to EPA/DHA and can one attain target intakes of DHA/EPA witho


There are some clinical studies showing an improvement in elasticity of the arteries (arterial compliance) following the consumption of ALA (which appear to be independent of ALA conversion to EPA/DHA) from flaxseed oil or EPA/DHA from fish oil. Target intakes of DHA/EPA approaching 900mg/day as recommended by the American Heart Association for people with coronary heart disease can be attained by consuming 3-4 servings of mackerel or herring per week or 5 servings per week various types of salmon.