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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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Statements made in these hints have not necessarily been evaluated by the FDA. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

from Betty Kamen, PhD, and Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD
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