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Omega fatty acids reduce chances of heart disease

In this study, doctors followed 3,277 healthy men and women free from heart disease at the start of the study.

After 23 years of follow-up, while there were no benefits for men, women who consumed moderate amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3s) or linoleic acid (omega-6s), were less likely to have heart disease caused by restricted blood flow compared to women who got less of these two nutrients.

Doctors also measured total omega-3s and found, compared to women who consumed the least, women who consumed the most of these polyunsaturated fatty acids—plentiful in fish—were much more likely to remain heart-disease free.

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