At a recent meeting of the American Heart Association in Reston, Virginia researchers presented evidence that omega-3 fatty acids may have beneficial effects on blood pressure, endothelial function and platelet function. Dr. Lawrence J. Appel, of The Johns Hopkins University reported that omega-3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals. Supplementing the diet with 3 grams of omega-3 fats per day can lower blood pressure in untreated hypertensives. Other researchers discussed the beneficial role of diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids on platelets. Specifically, they can prevent platelets for aggregating and forming clots. To get more omega-3 fats reach for salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, and herring. Canola, flaxseed and walnut oils also provide a source of omega-3 fats.
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