DHA May Mediate Arteriosclerosis
A recent weight loss study indicates DHA may prevent arterial disease
A recent study has found a mechanism by which DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) fatty acids can aid in the prevention of arteriosclerosis.
The study showed that DHA acts upon an enzyme that acts upon the layer of cells lining the interior of the blood vessels. The enzyme, Nitric Oxide Synthase, stimulates the production of Nitric Oxide, which among other things, dilutes bloods vessels.
This is the first time that a specific mechanism has been identified with regard to DHA and arterial disease.
Rule of Thumb: Get your DHA in.
Docosahexaenoic acid affects endothelial nitric oxide synthase in caveolae.
Li Q, Zhang Q, Wang M, Liu F, Zhao S, Ma J, Luo N, Li N, Li Y, Xu G, Li J.
Institute of General Surgery, Jinling Hospital, No. 305 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210002, China.