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Hypertension

Updated 24 June 2014

Fatty acids lower blood pressure

A recent review of new research in the field of hypertension (high blood pressure) provides insight into the role that essential fatty acids may play in controlling this disease.

A recent review of new research in the field of hypertension or high blood pressure reported in the May edition of the Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates, provides insight into the role that essential fatty acids may play in controlling this disease.

When the blood pressure of these youngsters was measured at the age of six years, the following results were recorded:

  • the children who had been breast-fed and those who received formula supplemented with essential fatty acids, had similar blood pressure readings at the age of 6
  • the children who received formula supplemented with essential fatty acids had significantly lower diastolic and mean bp readings than the children who received formula which had not been supplemented.
  • The researchers concluded that breast-feeding and supplementation of infant formula with essential fatty acids, can help children to have better blood pressure readings in later life.

 

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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