Study pinpoints 'optimal' omega-3 dose to lower blood pressure

Patients with hypertension and hyperlipidaemia may particularly benefit from the fatty acids, researchers say

About 3g of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may be the optimal daily dose to help lower blood pressure, according to a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

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The dose–response study of 71 clinical trials covering 5000 people found a J-shaped curve, suggesting that consuming larger amounts of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may benefit only patients at high risk from hypertension or hyperlipidaemia.

The Canadian and Chinese researchers found normotensive people who consumed 3g a day of the PUFAs —