HealthDay News – Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help young adults maintain a healthy blood pressure, according to a study1,2 presented at the 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

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

Of the more than 2000 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.


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“We divided people into 4 groups,” Dr 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.”

References

  1. Filipovic MG, Aeschbacher S, Reiner MF, et al. The omega-3 index is inversely associated with blood pressure in a large cohort of young healthy adults. Poster S2066. Presented at: the 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. November 12-16, 2016; New Orleans, LA.
  2. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood pressure in young, healthy adults [news release]. Dallas,TX: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Newsroom; November 13, 2016. http://newsroom.heart.org/news/Xsunday-scientific-sessions-news-tips. Accessed November 16, 2016.