Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood pressure in young, healthy adults

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Healthy young people may be able to help prevent the onset of high blood pressure by eating diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, mostly found in fish and some types of plant oils.

Researchers studied 2,036 young, healthy adults by measuring the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood and recording their blood pressure measurements.

They divided people into four groups, from the quarter with the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood to the quarter with the lowest.

They found adults in the highest quarter had about 4 mm Hg lower systolic and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic blood pressure compared to those with the least omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

In general, the higher the omega-3 fatty acids in the blood meant lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

This suggests promoting diets rich in omega-3 foods could become a strategy to prevent high blood pressure. 

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News source: American Heart Association.
Author: Mark Filipovic, M.D., University of Zurich, Cantonal Hospital of Baden, Baden, Switzerland.
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