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DHA Associated With Reduced Aortic Calcification


Aortic calcification is a condition in which calcium deposits form on the aortic valve of the heart and can cause narrowing at the opening of the aortic valve. A new study has found that increased levels of DHA may be associated with less aortic calcification in men.





Participants in the study included 998 men who were Caucasian, African American, Japanese American, and Japanese. The participants were between the ages of 40 and 49. The researchers evaluated aortic calcification and found that 57% of the participants had some degree of aortic calcification. They also measured levels of DHA and EPA.





The researchers found that every 2% increase in DHA levels was associated with a 35% reduction in the Agatston aortic calcification score. The researchers believe the mechanism behind this association may be due to DHA’s anti-inflammatory properties. No association was found for EPA.





The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Korea University, the University of Hawaii, and Shiga University of Medical Science. It was published online ahead of print on May 7, 2019 in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease.


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