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Fish diet can help cut down blood pressure

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 15, 2013 16:01 IST

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If high blood pressure has become a cause of worry for you, make sure you include a few servings of fish in your diet.

Fatty acids from fish are better than supplements for blood pressure. If you want the full health benefits of omega-3, it’s best to get them from natural food sources like oily fish. That’s the conclusion of studies published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that showed that while omega-3 from dietary sources such as herring, mackerel and salmon can help lower blood pressure, supplements showed no anti-hypertensive effects.

In fact, omega-3 in supplement form was actually found to diminish the beneficial health effects of the natural fatty acid acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish oil, said the team of researchers from the US and Germany who conducted both studies.

If you are not very keen on a fish curry, you can try tossing a quick fish salad pepped up with tangy fish sauce dressing.