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How does the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids affect my heart?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 fatty acids in the cells of the heart makes the tissue less pliable, and therefore the heart is less efficient at pumping. In addition, this particular ratio is believed to contribute to arteriosclerosis, so that the heart has to pump harder to move blood through the arteries and to the organs. This extra effort causes blood pressure to rise. Reversing this process is believed to be one of the ways in which a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 fatty acids may lower blood pressure.
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