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Fish oil lowers blood pressure.

PESHAWAR, June 6 -- Fish oil supplements could lower blood pressure (BP) in slightly overweight teenagers.

Fish oil has been shown to have beneficial effects on management of high BP and cholesterol levels in adults.

High BP and obesity have been linked, with obesity being one of the risk factors for development of high BP, a report said.

To see if fish oil helps managing blood pressure in overweight teenagers, researchers recruited about 78 slightly overweight Danish boys between the ages of 13 and 15 years, and randomly divided them into two groups: one received daily doses of fish oil (1.5 grams) and the other group was given equivalent amounts of vegetable oil (placebo).

The oils were infused in bread, masking any fishy taste and blinding the children to their assigned group.

After the follow-up period of 16 weeks, it was noted that the those consuming fish oil-laced bread had 3.8 mm Hg lower systolic pressure (the top reading) and 2.6 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure (the bottom reading), compared to the placebo group.

These findings suggest that fish oil can improve BP in slightly overweight adolescent boys.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 6, 2010
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