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Certain Food Beneficial for the Heart

by Medindia Content Team on  November 13, 2004 at 4:11 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Certain Food Beneficial for the Heart
Data from previous studies suggests that foods with oils containing alpha-linolenic acid may prevent arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death.
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Researchers studied 76,763 women who had completed a food questionnaire in 1984. The questionnaire was updated every four years until 2000. Researchers then separated the women into five categories of ALA intake, ranging from .7 to 1.5 grams a day. ALA is found in a variety of leafy green vegetables, some types of nuts, canola oil, flaxseed oil, and flaxseed supplements. Some salad dressings and margarines also contain ALA.

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Results showed women who consumed the most ALA were 21-percent less likely to die from coronary heart disease than women in the lowest ALA intake group. Thus researchers conclude that the higher a women's ALA intake, the greater the benefit. However, they say that further study is needed before making certain recommendations.
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