Is There a Link Between Omega 3 Intake and Arterial Stiffness?

IAS News 28 September 2015 | 0 Comments

As people age it is known that arteries stiffen and blood can no longer flow through them as it did in younger years. As the blood can’t flow through the arteries as easily, the heart needs to work harder to get the blood to where it is needed. Arterial stiffness is measured in pulse wave velocity, this is the speed at which the bulge, created by the blood being ejected into the blood vessels, flows through the arteries. A high pulse wave velocity shows stiff arteries.

Omega 3 has been shown to have a positive effect by reducing arterial stiffness, in particular in a study carried out by Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine who looked at a group of healthy older adults aged 60 to 80 years. The results were compared to young healthy subjects who were aged between 21 and 35. Measurements of pulse wave velocity, blood pressure were taken before the study and then again after 12 weeks.

Results showed that while pulse wave velocity was still higher than those in the younger participants, there was a reduction showing an improvement in vascular health. Also of note was how quick this change was seen, only after a 12 week course of 2 omega 3 capsules twice a day.

Omega 3 and 6 are found in fish oils, and here at IAS, we have been championing parent essential oils for some time now, most recently with one of our newest products PEO-Pro. Parent essential oils start out in food, but due to the high processing levels of food in today’s society these are often damaged before they reach our plates. For a long time omega 3 and 6 was thought to be best got from fish oils; however in recent time this way of thinking has been dismissed and other methods of getting them have come to the forefront. To learn more about the fish oil misconception we suggest reading this article.

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