A study of 1,819 people with a first heart attack indicates that dietary intake of alpha-linolenic acid (found in vegetables) may be associated with a lower risk of heart attack. The study looked at levels of these vegetable fatty acids in fat tissue and and in the diet. Those whose level of these vegetable oils were in the highest 20% of the group had a 59% lower risk of heart attack than those in the lowest 20%. The authors of the study conclude, "Consumption of vegetable oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid could confer important cardiovascular protection. The apparent protective effect of alpha-linolenic acid is most evident among subjects with low intakes."
"Alpha-Linolenic Acid and Risk of Nonfatal Acute Myocardial Infarction," Campos H, Baylin A, et al, Circulation, 2008 July 7; [Epub ahead of print].
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.