In a recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension, scientists found that regular consumption of omega-3-rich foods helps to improve blood pressure. According to the study, high blood pressure is one of the main risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. However, the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids can also vary depending on the source.
Another study published in July in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews investigated and compared the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from dietary supplements, fish, vegetable oils and whole foods such as walnuts. The results of the study showed, among other things, that omega-3 supplementation does not reduce the risk of death from heart disease, but nevertheless reduces heart irregularities. A small number of subjects who consumed only vegan, plant-based or whole omega-3 fatty acids experienced a slight improvement in blood flow. The researchers also found that the intake of vegan fatty acids can prevent certain types of heart disease, such as arrhythmia.
Plant-based omega-3 fat sources include foods such as ground chia or linseed, walnuts and hemp seeds.