LONDON (Reuters) – Omega-6 fatty acids can protect from 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 at the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Cardiff University, England, and published the results on Sunday, in the scientific journal "Diseases".
Atherosclerosis occurs when blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart throughout the body (arteries) become thick and tight, preventing blood flow sometimes to organs and tissues.
Healthy arteries are usually flexible and can be stretched, but over time, they can harden the artery walls, causing clots and blocking arteries, threatening people with diseases such as strokes or heart attacks.
To achieve the results of the study, the researchers monitored the effect of eating a group of mice with atherosclerosis for omega-6 fatty acids.
This study focuses on the effects of these acids on mouse immune cells, and finds that they can relieve or inhibit atherosclerosis, especially the process of mitigating the expression of pro-inflammatory genes.