Fish Oil Supplements Shown To Improve Arterial Stiffness
A recent meta-analysis of studies from around the world has found that taking fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids - commonly found in fish - is a "scientifically supported means of reducing arterial stiffness."
Increased arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events.
The researchers were based out of NICM Centre for Study of Natural Medicines in Australia. Their findings were published in the British Journal of Nutrition on July 6, 2011.
The review looked at 10 clinical trials that tested two markers of arterial stiffness; pulse wave velocity and arterial compliance. Pulse wave velocity is the measure of the pulse wave through the arteries, while arterial compliance is the amount the walls of the heart will stretch under pressure. Both are measures of arterial stiffness.
After reviewing all of the trials, the researchers concluded that consumption of supplements with omega-3 fatty acids had a statistically significant influence on the reduction of arterial stiffness.
Omega-3 fatty acids have recently been linked to numerous health benefits beyond heart health. Studies have also shown that they may be effective at reducing the risk of age-related vision loss and even improving mood.
Taking a high quality supplement is a good way to increase omega-3 intake. However make sure that the supplement you choose is certified for purity and high in DHA and EPA, the two most important