Blood Pressure Diet

Omega 3 And Hypertension

There is a positive relationship between Omega 3 and hypertension. Omega 3, an essential fatty acid which is also known as linolenic acid helps to reduce your hypertension and high blood pressure. Also known as vitamin F, omega 3 like cannot be produced by the body but must be supplied by dietary sources.
These fatty acids are particularly useful and required for the development of the brain, nerve pulse transmission, production of new cells and for construction of chemical pathways. Essential fatty acids lessen high blood pressure, help to prevent arthritis, lower cholesterol and treat psoriasis, candidiasis, eczema and cardiovascular disease.   

Essentially, three major kinds of omega 3 fatty acids are there in food. They are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are seen as essential fatty acids. This means that although essential for human health, they cannot be produced by the human body. The alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids is food such as certain plant oils and fatty fish.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from a number of sources. One of its sources is fish such as herrings, sardines and mackerel. Other dietary sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are plant oils such as canola (rapeseed) oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, pumpkin seed oil, perilla seed oil, purslane, walnuts and walnut oil. It is essential to ensure a proper balanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as both of them are necessary to maintain proper health.

Omega-3 and hypertension are closely related as the fatty acid is known to aid you in controlling your high blood pressure. Omega-3 has a blood thinning action which helps to prevent hardening of the  arteries. This property  makes omega-3 fish oil an excellent nutrient to reduce hypertension and other heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease, heart attack and stroke.

You need at least 100g of omega-3 in your diet per week in the form of fish oils. But since you may not get it in natural sources, you need to take 4g of it daily. Apart from reducing your blood pressure, omega-3 also helps to protect your heart and increase circulation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.