LONDON (Reuter) – omega-6 may protect against atherosclerosis, which leads to the risk of death from heart disease and stroke, according to a recent British study.
The study was conducted by researchers of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Cardiff, UK, and published their findings on Sunday in the journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular basis of diseases.
Atherosclerosis occurs when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body (arteries) become thick and tanizavanymi preventing blood flow in organs and tissues.
Healthy arteries are usually flexible and rastsyazhanyya, but over time they can strengthen the walls of the arteries and lead to clotting and blockage of the arteries, threatening people with such diseases as stroke or heart attack.
To achieve the results of the study, researchers monitored the influence of groups of mice with atherosclerosis in the fatty acid omega-6.
This study focused on the impact of these acids on immune cells of mice and it was established that they can facilitate or inhibit atherosclerosis, especially in the process of softening prophylactic gene expression.
"Our studies show that omega-6 can have a positive effect on atherosclerosis in several stages, in particular by monitoring the key processes associated with inflammation," – said Professor Deepak Ramzhi, head of the research group.
"We also observed a protective effect of these acids on processes related to large atherosclerosis in endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells, two important types of atherosclerotic cells.
Fatty acids Omega-6 type polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, with a moderate use of food can be useful for the heart, and not low in saturated fats found in meat and dairy products.
Fatty acid omega-6 is naturally contained in foods, including soybean oil, palm oil, with spring flowers, oil, cotton seed, sunflower seed, canola, poultry, eggs, food grain, coconut, avocado, fish, pine nuts and nuts. .