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Blood pressure decrease linked to fish oil

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A study by a research team from Denmark has suggested overweight teenagers could reduce their blood pressure by taking fish oil supplements.

Scientists from Copenhagen University divided a group of 80 slightly overweight teenage boys into two groups, one of which took daily doses of fish oil while the other took similar quantities of vegetable oil, used as a study placebo.

The 16-week study showed the youngsters who consumed the fish oil had 3.8 mm Hg lower systolic pressure (the top reading) and 2.6 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure (the bottom reading) than the group taking vegetable oil.

Adults with high blood pressure can take fish oil to treat their condition and a 3 mm Hg drop in pressure can lead to a 15% less chance of suffering a stroke, the researchers pointed out.

Senior researcher Dr. Lotte Lauritzen told The Journal of Pediatrics:

“Starting with a healthy diet and keeping it throughout life may provide better protection than waiting until later when you are more at risk.”

Click here for The Journal of Pediatrics Article

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