Fish oil boosts heart repair

Diets high in omega-3 fatty acid foods could also help fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study has discovered.

Professor of nutritional physiology Parveen Yaqoob, who conducted the study, said many cardiovascular deaths were preventable by living a healthy lifestyle.

She carried out the study by testing two emerging markers of cardiovascular disease which are of particular interest to researchers.

The first was endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which are stem cells made in the bone marrow that repair the linings of blood vessels when they become damaged.

Previous studies have found that a higher number of EPCs is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

To test this, the researchers introduced small amounts (3g per day) of fish oils to a group of volunteers of mixed ages with mild