High Intake of Linoleic Acid Does Not Increase Inflammatory Responses, says New Study

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According to a new study by the University of Eastern Finland researchers, CRP is low when the serum linoleic acid level is high. Linoleic acid is nothing but the most common poly unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. According to the researchers a high intake of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids can significantly increase the risk of having several chronic diseases. Low-grade inflammation is also a result of high intake of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. According to researchers, linoleic acid is converted into arachidonic acid which in turn is converted into several inflammation promoting compounds in the human body.

Around 1300 healthy men ranging from the age group of 42 to 60 were tested for their CRP levels at the University of Eastern Finland in 1984 to 1989 and found that a low serum linoleic acid level was associated with high CRP levels. The current research supports earlier findings. As per clinical trials, high intake of linoleic acid will not increase inflammatory reactions. Also, the high intake of linoleic acid will not impact the arachidonic acid levels. It is the Little League acid which is converted into compounds which cause inflammation in humans. Some of the chronic diseases which occurred due to linoleic acid are type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It is the diet of a person which determines the serum linoleic acid level. Nuts and seeds and vegetable oil are key sources of linoleic acid.

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