We need healthy and well functioning blood vessels to supply the different tissues in the body with nutrients and oxygen. If one of the more important blood vessels in the body get obstructed, it could have severe consequences resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
The reviewed research is interesting since it investigated the effect of omega 3 fatty acids on endothelial function (Wang Q, et al. 2012). Endothelium is the thin lining on the inside of the blood vessels.
It was found that omega 3 fatty acids significantly improved endothelial function as measured by flow-mediated dilatation.
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To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.
Wang Q, Liang X, Wang L, Lu X, Huang J, Cao J, Li H, Gu D. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on endothelial function: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Atherosclerosis. 2012 Apr;221(2):536-43. Epub 2012 Jan 20.