FISH OILS LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.txt
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FISH OILS LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

A study from the Netherlands shows that fish oils lower high blood 
pressure. Researchers reviewed 90 studies measuring the effect of 
fish oils on blood pressure. Of these, 22 studies were double blind, 
meaning that neither the physicians nor the patients knew whether 
the patients were taking fish oils or placebos. More than one half 
gram per day of fish oil lowered high blood pressure. 

 
Many previous studies show that high blood pressure is lowered by 
the DASH diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, 
seeds and nuts, and restricting meat, chicken, and whole milk dairy 
products. The DASH diet is high in calcium, magnesium and potassium 
and low in sodium. Most cases of high blood pressure can be 
controlled by a diet that contains omega-3 fatty acids found in 
fish, seeds and whole grains, and the DASH diet based on plants and 
losing weight and exercising.

Blood pressure response to fish oil supplementation: metaregression 
analysis of randomized trials. Journal of Hypertension, 2002, 
Vol 20, Iss 8, pp 1493-1499. JM Geleijnse, EJ Giltay, DE Grobbee, 
ART Donders, FJ Kok. Geleijnse JM, Univ Wageningen & Res Ctr, Div 
Human Nutr & Epidemiol, POB 8129, NL-6700 EV Wageningen, 
NETHERLANDS

Checked 8/31/05