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Another Reason to Love: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been on my radar for quite awhile. They are great for your heart and stabilizing your mood. A new study has found that this essential fatty acid plays a small, but significant part of reducing high blood pressure.

A diet with liberal servings of fish, nuts and seeds rich omega-3 fatty acids can help lower a person's blood pressure, according to Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, professor emeritus of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, who worked on the study. 4,680 men and women, ages 40 to 59, participated in the study and participants were from the U.S. and Britain, but also Japan and China. Participants provided not only in-depth details about their diets and alcohol consumption, but gave urine samples and blood pressure measurements during each of the four visits required by the study.

When it comes to lowering blood pressure every little bit counts, and consuming more omega-3s is one such step. Other factors that reduce blood pressure are: eating less salt, losing a few pounds, avoiding heavy drinking, and eating more vegetables, whole grains and fruits since they contain valuable fiber and minerals.


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