Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood pressure

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Scientists recently have found that healthy young people may be able to help prevent the onset of high blood pressure by eating diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

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

In the study, 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.

The team 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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The study was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.

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