Normalizing blood pressure may save lives

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Measuring blood pressure

Published: 05.09.2016

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.

A recent scientific review from December 2015, based on data from 123 studies with 613 815 participants, concluded that every 10 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure led to a significant 13 % reduction in all-cause cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. Relative risk reduction was proportional to the magnitude of blood pressure reduction achieved, both for high and low mean baseline systolic blood pressure (Ref. 1). 

A scientific study report from August 2016 reported a 7 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) for a group following our Heart and Health Concept for 4 weeks, in comparison with a control group. The marine omega-3 (EPA + DHA) was consumed from lean fish meals enriched with "Our Heart and Health Concept" oil blend as an ingredient (Ref. 2).

The scientific panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its scientific opinion regarding Omega-3 and blood pressure in 2009 (Ref. 3): 

"On the basis of the data available, the Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of EPA and DHA and the reduction of blood pressure in adult men and women. Intakes of EPA and DHA of about 3 g/d are required to obtain the claimed effect on blood pressure".

 
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved the following heart care claim for marine Omega-3: 

Intakes of EPA and DHA of about 3 g/d contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressures.

 

References

  1. Dena Ettehad et. al., 2015. Blood pressure lowering for prevention of cardiovascular disease and death: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, Published online December 23, 2015.
  2. Kolbrun Sveinsdottira et. al., 2016. Blood pressure-lowering effects of long chain n-3 fatty acids from meals enriched with liquid fish oil and from microencapsulated powder. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 2016.
  3. The scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific panel, EFSA Journal 2009; 7(9):1263.

 
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The blood pressure chart for adults
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