There is an agreement on arterial stiffness. It is not a good thing; arteries should be flexible. Stiff and calcified arteries contribute to increased blood pressure and cardiovascular risk.
Monocytes, a type of white blood cell, showed a significantly lower expression of IL-10, a regulator of inflammation which helps decrease inflammation, when obese patients with elevated cholesterol and triglycerides were tested.
These patients were treated for 3 months with or without 1800 mg of EPA, one of the active ingredients of omega 3 fatty acids. EPA significantly increased serum IL-10 and EPA levels (Satoh-Asahara N, et.al., 2012). The EPA also decreased the pulse wave velocity, which is an index of arterial stiffness, when compared with the control group (Satoh-Asahara N, et al., 2012).
Omega 3 fish oil contains high amounts of EPA.
Noriko Satoh-Asahara 1, Akira Shimatsu, Yousuke Sasaki, Hidenori Nakaoka, Akihiro Himeno, Mayu Tochiya, Shigeo Kono, Tomohide Takaya, Koh Ono, Hiromichi Wada, Takayoshi Suganami, Koji Hasegawa, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid increases interleukin-10 levels of peripheral blood monocytes in obese patients with dyslipidemia, Diabetes Care. 2012 Dec;35(12):2631-9.
- The Better Fish Oil comes in the form of triglycerides which offers better stability to the fatty acids and prevents breakdown and oxidation.