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Linoleic acid, heart, and circulation

Omega-6 fatty acids may be more beneficial and less harmful than doctors previously thought and there may not be an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.

In this review of 30 studies following 68,659 people from 2.5 to 32 years, those with higher levels of linoleic acid were significantly less likely to have died from heart or circulatory conditions, or from stroke due to restricted blood supply. Doctors also found no harmful link to another omega-6, arachidonic acid (AA).

Doctors said the first step in metabolizing omega-6 may release some pro-inflammatory molecules, but this inflammatory response does not necessarily cause disease, continuing, “We know eating vegetable oils can lower cholesterol.”

 

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