Omega-3s may help lower blood pressure, according to the latest research from the American Heart Association.
Healthy young people may be able to help prevent high blood pressure (hypertension) by eating diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, according to the research presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.
In a study of over 2,000 young adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest blood pressure levels, said Dr. Mark Filipovic, a researcher at the University of Zurich and Cantonal Hospital of Baden in Switzerland.
“We divided people into four groups,” Filipovic said, ranging from the lowest to the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood. “We found adults in the highest quarter [group] had about 4 millimeters of mercury [mm Hg] lower systolic pressure and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure, compared to those with the least omega-3 fatty acids in their blood,” he said.
“This suggests that promoting diets rich in omega-3 foods could be a strategy to prevent high blood pressure,” Filipovic said, though the study did not prove cause and effect.
This is not the first study to show that omega-3s may help lower blood pressure.
An article by William Davis, MD in Life Extension magazine explains how omega-3s work to reduce hypertension:
Also, a study from the Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice showed that omega-3 reduces blood pressure significantly.
Another study from the British Journal of Nutrition concluded the following: “ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids consumption might have a place in the control of patients with mild hypertension before starting drug treatment and of those who prefer changes of lifestyles like diet.”
The finding that omega-3s lower blood pressure in young adults is a new one, said Dr. William White, chief of hypertension and clinical pharmacology at the Calhoun Cardiology Center at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
“The results of this study suggest that a diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids may lower blood pressure, and for a pre-hypertensive population, that may delay the onset of more sustained hypertension,” White said.
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