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Omega-3s and Blood Pressure

Do you eat flax seed? I do. I blend ground flax seed into salad dressings, I pile it on oatmeal, and it also goes great in smoothies—and why do I do it? Omega-3s! According to Dr. Fuhrman, Omega-3s are a very-very important part of the human diet. From Disease-Proof Your Child:
The brain is mostly made of fat. For the brain cells to maintain their cell membrane fluidity and to properly recognize chemical messengers they must have the right ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats built into their structure. Too little omega-3 fats and too much saturated fat and trans fat could stiffen the fatty acid membranes and interfere with proper cellular communication. Raw nuts and seeds supply children with unpolluted omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in a protective package rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Though fish is a rich source of omega-3 fat and DHA, fish fats and other animal fats are nutrient-poor and often contaminated with pollution, pesticides, hormones, and drugs. Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts are examples of great brain food that can maximize human potential. Berries and vegetables are also rich in brain-favorable nutrients. The same foods that provide powerful protective effects against cancer maximize our children’s brain development.
Okay, need more proof that Omega-3s are nutritional heavyweights? Take a gander at this report from HealthDay News. A new study has determined Omega-3 fatty acids may lower blood pressure. Robert Preidt explains:
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- found in certain fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils -- may help lower blood pressure.

That's the conclusion of a study that examined data from 4,680 people in China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States…

…"Foods with omega-3 PFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) had more of an effect in people who were not already taking medication and had not yet developed high blood pressure," study lead author Dr. Hirotsugu Ueshima, professor and chairman of the department of health science at Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, said in a prepared statement.
For more on Omega-3s—and flaxseed—check out these previous posts:
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kealon - June 5, 2007 9:25 PM

I just read about a natural supplement called sytrinol that targets the liver when it comes to helping reduce the bad cholesterol. I am thinking of trying it as I seemingly tried everything else. I was wondering if it is safe to take. Does anyone know ot this product and its safety.

Kyle Key - June 6, 2007 9:10 AM

I just take a 200mg pill of DEVA Vegan Omega-3 DHA every day.

Joe - June 8, 2007 5:35 PM

I used DHA Purity and yes it does have the slightly rancid odor as well, even though I kept it in my fridge. What are you talking about? Algal Oil stinks no matter how you take it. Him badmouthing other brands (such as Nutru or DEVA) without much evidence is lame to say the least...

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