Healthy young people may be able to help prevent the onset of high blood pressure by eating diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, mostly found in fish and some types of plant oils. Researchers studied 2,036 young, healthy adults by measuring the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood and recording their blood pressure measurements. They divided people into four groups, from the quarter with the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood to the quarter with the lowest.
They found adults in the highest quarter had about 4 mm Hg lower systolic and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic blood pressure compared to those with the least omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.
In general, the higher the omega-3 fatty acids in the blood meant lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This suggests promoting diets rich in omega-3 foods could become a strategy to prevent high blood pressure.
Presentation: The Omega-3 Index is Inversely Associated With Blood Pressure in a Large Cohort of Young Healthy Adults, Abstract S2066, Mark G Filipovic, Cantonal Hosp of Baden, Baden, Switzerland; Stefanie Aeschbacher, Univ Hosp of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Martin F Reiner, Cantonal Hosp of Baden, Baden, Switzerland; Simona Stivala, Sara Gobbato, Nicole Bonetti, Univ of Zurich, Schlieren, Switzerland; Martin Risch, Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr Risch, Schaan, Liechtenstein; Lorenz Risch, Medical Univ Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; Clemens von Schacky, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ München, München, Germany; Giovanni G Camici, Thomas F Luescher, Univ of Zurich, Schlieren, Switzerland; David Conen, Univ Hosp of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Juerg H Beer, Cantonal Hosp of Baden, Baden, Switzerland, American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016, November 12-16 in New Orleans, Louisiana.