AHA: Omega-3 Rich Diet May Aid Healthy Blood Pressure

Study found higher blood levels of fatty acids were linked with lower blood pressure
Study found higher blood levels of fatty acids were linked with lower blood pressure

HealthDay News — Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 12 to 16 in New Orleans.

The men and women in the new study were aged 25 to 41 and considered healthy. Excluded were those with known diabetes or a body mass index of more than 35 kg/m². 

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Of the more than 2,000 young, healthy adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest blood pressure, Mark Filipovic, MD, a researcher at the University of Zurich and Cantonal Hospital of Baden in Switzerland, told HealthDay.

"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 had about 4 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."

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