Fish Oil can help fight cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Omerga-3 fatty acids supplements again found of benefit in the fight against high blood pressure (hypertension).
Hypertension is a major risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease and stroke and any positive effects that improving lifestyle and diet has on blood pressure reduction reduces the incidence of this life threatening disease.
A new meta-analysis of 70 studies published in the American Journal of Hypertension March 1014, has found that supplementing with more than 2,000mg of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA+DHA ) found in fish oil, had a positive effect in reducing both systolic ( the upper measurement) and Diastolic ( the lower measurement) blood pressure.
The strongest effects of the omega-3 supplements were observed among untreated hypertensive subjects and these reductions were found to be greater than reducing dietary salt or alcohol.
These results again show the importance of dietary omega-3 oils for cardiovascular health. Along with increasing exercise, maintenance of ideal weight and a diet low in salt and alcohol, increases omega-3 dietary intake from oily fish or supplements could be a positive step.
- Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid and Blood Pressure: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial Am J Hypertens (2014) doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpu024 First published online: March 6, 2014