Fish Oil (2010) (Omega-3 Fatty Acid) & High Blood Pressure

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Studies of diet have indicated that a daily meal of fish can lower blood pressure; this study looks at salmon, a fatty fish, 3 times a week is helpful.

324 subjects, 20-40 years old, received one of 4 energy-restricted diets: salmon (with 2.1g omega-3 fatty acids), cod (with .3g omega-3 fatty acids), fish oil capsules (1.3g omega-3 fatty acids), or sunflower seeds (the control). Body weight, diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and DHA was measured at the beginning of the study and after 8 weeks.

After evaluating the results, the researchers concluded that salmon consumption 3 times a week can lower diastolic blood pressure similar to fish oil, and more than lean fish over 8 weeks in young overweight adults.

Researchers: Ramel A, Martinez JA, Kiely M, Bandarra NM, Thorsdottir I.

Published: Moderate consumption of fatty fish reduces diastolic blood pressure in overweight and obese European young adults during energy restriction, Nutrition. 2010 Feb;26(2):168-74. Epub 2009 May 31