ALA Against Heart Disease
Women who consume a diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), either
from food or supplements, can significantly reduce the risk of
sudden cardiac death.
ALA doesn't prevent heart attacks, but it may prevent or calm
the arrhythmias that often cause heart attacks.
Consuming about 1.5 grams of ALA a day provides a very significant
lower risk of sudden cardiac death in women compared with those
consuming about half a gram a day. (1.5 grams equals about two
capsules of flaxseed oil or a handful of walnuts.)
ALA can convert to the fatty acids EPA and DHA, so it may be
as beneficial as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Women
appear to make this conversion more efficiently than men.
ALA also has an anti-arrhythmic effect.
In addition to walnuts and flaxseed oil, ALA is found in green
leafy vegetables (especially kale), salad dressings, and almonds.
Supplements of ALA work well, too.
Source: American Heart Association 2004 Scientific Sessions:
Abstract 3604. Nov 2004.
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from Betty Kamen, PhD, and Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD
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