They are looking for volunteers aged betwen 35 and 55 who are non-smokers and without a history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
The study aims to pinpoint exactly which element of fish oils is most effective at improving cardio vascular health.
Fish products contain two main omega-3 fatty acids, called Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The researchers will investigate which of these fatty acids has the most benefits.
Participants will be asked to attend a clinic at UEA three times over four months. During these visits they will have blood samples taken before and after consuming a chocolate-flavoured drink containing different kinds of omega-3 fats.
Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, who is leading the study at UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Recent evidence shows that part of the reason omega-3 fatty acids benefit humans is because they improve the ‘elasticity’ of major arteries.
“This could help to prevent heart disease and stroke and other health problems such as dementia, and the volunteers in this study will be instrumental in advancing current knowledge in this area.”
Volunteers cannot be taking blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering drugs, or omega-3 supplements. As well as helping to improve medical understanding, volunteers will receive compensation to cover their travel and time.
For more information about the study email [email protected] or call 07539 192809.