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A study from the Netherlands shows that fish oils lower high blood pressure. Researchers reviewed 90 studies measuring the effect of fish oils on blood pressure. Of these, 22 studies were double blind, meaning that neither the physicians nor the patients knew whether the patients were taking fish oils or placebos. More than one half gram per day of fish oil lowered high blood pressure.

Many previous studies show that high blood pressure is lowered by the DASH diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, and restricting meat, chicken, and whole milk dairy products. The DASH diet is high in calcium, magnesium and potassium and low in sodium. Most cases of high blood pressure can be controlled by a diet that contains omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, seeds and whole grains, and the DASH diet based on plants and losing weight and exercising.

Blood pressure response to fish oil supplementation: metaregression analysis of randomized trials. Journal of Hypertension, 2002, Vol 20, Iss 8, pp 1493-1499. JM Geleijnse, EJ Giltay, DE Grobbee, ART Donders, FJ Kok. Geleijnse JM, Univ Wageningen & Res Ctr, Div Human Nutr & Epidemiol, POB 8129, NL-6700 EV Wageningen, NETHERLANDS

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May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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