Omega-3 'may help lower blood pressure in young adults'

15 November 2016

New research has indicated that omega-3 fatty acids may have a role to play in bringing down blood pressure levels among young adults.

A preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's 2016 scientific sessions offered evidence that promoting diets rich in omega-3 - which can be found in fish and certain plant oils - could be an effective strategy for preventing high blood pressure.

In total, 2,036 young and healthy adults were enrolled in this research, which measured the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood and recorded their blood pressure measurements.

Adults with the highest level of omega-3 had about 4 mm Hg lower systolic and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic blood pressure compared to those with the lowest omega-3 fatty acid readings.

Looking at general trends, the results indicated that the higher the omega-3 fatty acids in the blood, the lower the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings were. These findings offer further evidence of the potentially extensive health benefits omega-3 can provide.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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