Pleiotropic Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Athanasia K. Papazafiropoulou, Marina S. Kardara and Stavros I. Pappas
Affiliation: 3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Center of Diabetes, General Hospital of Nikaia “Ag. Panteleimon” - Piraeus, Greece, 3 D.Mantouvalou Street, GR-184 54 Nikaia, Greece.
Omega-3 fatty acids except for their effect on triglycerides levels have cardioprotective properties as well as antiarrhythmic properties.The pleiotropic effects of omega-3 fatty acids, also, include lowering of blood pressure and the favorable effect on endothelial function and high-density cholesterol levels. Furthermore, studies have showed their favorable action in subjects with dementia, Alzheimers disease and learning disorders. In this paper, a review of the recent patents on omega-3 fatty acids will be presented.
Keywords: Arrhythmia, blood pressure, cancer, dementia, omega-3 fatty acids, pleiotropic effects, triglycerides, hypertriglyceridemia, LDL-cholesterol
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