Omega-3 rich oil lowers blood pressure

February 9, 2007 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Omega-3 rich oil lowers blood pressure

According to study findings from researchers in Greece, a diet rich in omega-3 rich flaxseed oil may reduce blood pressure by up to 6 percent.

Researchers randomly assigned 59 middle aged men with abnormal blood lipid levels to randomly receive either an omega-3-rich flaxseed supplement (8 grams per day), or an omega-6 rich safflower oil supplement.

After twelve weeks of supplementation, researchers found that the men receiving the flaxseed supplement experienced a 3 to 6 percent drop in blood pressure levels.

The omega-6 group did not experience a drop in blood pressure levels.

These findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Flaxseed oil is very vulnerable to heat damage and should not be heated.  Try incorporating flaxseed oil into your diet by adding it to salad dressings, smoothies and dips, or into hot foods after cooking. Be sure to measure your portion, like all oils one tablespoon has 120 calories.

Store flaxseed oil in a an airtight container in the refrigerator.  If the oil develops a strong smell, it has gone rancid and should be discarded.


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