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Eat veggies, fish to ward away heart disease

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If you are suffering from high blood pressure, consuming fish, seafood and a primarily may help reduce hypertension-related symptoms, a study suggests.

Intake of fish, seafood and increases levels of a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), known to boost heart health, said researchers from the in Poland.

The study showed that low-dose treatment with TMAO reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of in an animal model of

"Our study provides new evidence for a potential beneficial effect of a moderate increase in plasma TMAO on pressure-overloaded heart," the researchers said.

For the study, published in of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, researchers analysed the effect of TMAO on rats, which have a genetic tendency to develop high

One group of hypertensive rats were given low-dose TMAO supplements in their drinking water, and another group received plain water.

They were given the TMAO therapy for either 12 weeks or 56 weeks and were assessed for heart and kidney damage as well as high

The results showed that TMAO treatment did not affect the development of high in any of the spontaneously hypertensive rats.

However, condition of the animals given the compound was better than expected, even after more than a year of low-dose TMAO treatment.

In addition, four- to five-fold increase in plasma TMAO does not exert negative effects on the circulatory system.

This is in contrast to the previous research that showed TMAO blood plasma levels -- and risk -- rise after the consumption of red meat and eggs, the researchers said.

"It seems that a fish-rich and vegetarian diet, is associated with a significantly higher plasma TMAO than red meat-and egg-rich diets, considered to increase the cardiovascular risk," the researchers noted.

"However, further study is needed to assess the effect of TMAO and TMA on the circulatory system."

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 15:46 IST
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