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Omega-3s cut harmful effects of smoking

While the best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of smoking is to quit, researchers from Greece have found that omega-3 fatty acids found is fish can help repair arteries damaged by the unhealthy habit.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:04 IST

While the best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of smoking is to quit, researchers from Greece have found that omega-3 fatty acids found is fish can help repair arteries damaged by the unhealthy habit.

Presented recently at the World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai, scientists showed that short-term treatment with omega-3 fatty acids was able to improve arterial stiffness and moderate acute impairment of vascular elastic properties in smokers. Scientists believe the cardioprotective effects come from the nutrient’s anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in sardines, mackerel, and salmon, and in soy beans, and walnuts.