Increasing proportion of alpha-linolenic acid in red blood cells relates to a lower prevalence of carotid plaque

      Aim: There is increasing evidence that consumption of walnuts is associated with delayed atherosclerosis progression. We investigated whether the proportion of α-linolenic acid in red blood cells (ALA-RBC), an objective marker of walnut intake in Mediterranean populations, was associated with measurements of carotid preclinical atherosclerosis, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque prevalence.
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