Omega 3s & inflammation.
Investigators measured several indicators of inflammation in more than 850 men and women. Some of the indicators were lower in those who reported eating a diet rich in both omega-3s (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-6s (linoleic acid). (Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat found in canola oil, flax, and purslane, wasn't linked to lower inflammation.) Inflammation may raise the risk of heart disease.
What to do: This study suggests, but can't prove, that omega-3 fats reduce levels of inflammation. But it offers one more reason to eat seafood a few times a week without worrying that the soy oil in your salad dressing will cancel out the seafood's benefits.
Circulation 108: 155, 2003.
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|Publication:||Nutrition Action Healthletter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2004|
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