August 27,2010 by Jan McBarron M.D.,N.D. (Health Headline News)
Fish oil supplements could lower blood pressure in slightly overweight teenage kids, according to a recent study. Furthermore taking a fish oil supplement in these teenage years may provide them with heart health benefits they will need in years to come. A 16 week study was conducted on overweight teenagers and concluded the following. Children consuming the fish oil supplement enjoyed a reduction in both systolic, top reading, as well as diastolic, bottom reading, of their blood pressure. This corresponded to at least a 15% reduction in risk of stroke. In addition, researchers evaluated other heart disease risk factors including blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol. They were pleased to notice an increase in HDL, otherwise known as good cholesterol. It has long been noted that taking fish oil supplements is beneficial in many adult studies and now clearly these benefits are shown in children as well. Furthermore, the value to the children immediately as well as reaping long term benefits is encouraging.
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