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ALA and heart risk

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Women on diets rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) demonstrate a lower risk of heart disease and heart attacks than women on diets with lower concentrations of the fatty acid, Christine Albert, MD, Harvard University Medical School, et al., assert at the AHA meeting Nov. 8. The group conducted an observational study included 76,763 women who completed a questionnaire in 1984 as part of the Nurse's Health Study; subjects in the highest ALA intake group demonstrated a 46% reduced risk of death from cardiac death and a 21% reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease. Further studies are needed to fully assess impact of ALA on heart risk...
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