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Researchers are studying the effects of fish oil on asthma disorders
Many adult people around the world suffer from the effects of asthma. Researchers have now found that healthy oils in cold-water fish and fish oil supplements could be helpful in treating asthma.
The University of Rochester Medical Center scientists found in an investigation that the omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil regulate the function of the immune cells (B cells). This could help fish oil to fight the negative effects of asthma more effectively. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Journal of Clinical Investigation".
Doctors are studying the effects of omega-3 on IgE antibodies
To study the effects of fish oil on adult asthma patients in more detail, the researchers took blood samples from 17 subjects and then isolated their B immune cells in the laboratory. The experts wanted to determine the effect of products with pure omega-3 on so-called IgE antibodies and other molecules. These are related to the respiratory disease.
Many participants took anti-inflammatory corticosteroids
Many of the patients who volunteered in the study took so-called anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. This was done either in the form of pills or through an asthma inhaler - depending on the severity of your asthma condition.
All subjects reacted to the intake of omega-3 fatty acids
The results of the investigation showed that all subjects reacted to a certain extent to the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. This was demonstrated by a reduction in the level of the IgE antibodies, the researchers explain in their study.
Oral steroids reduce the effects of treatment with omega-3
But there was also an unexpected finding in the investigation. The cells of a small subset of patients taking oral steroids did not respond as strongly to treatment with omega-3, explains the author Dr. Richard P. Phipps.
The fish oil used in the study consisted of a special high-quality composition
The expert added that any fish oil supplements used during the study were made from a special high quality composition. However, consumers should exercise caution when buying normal fish oils.
Evidence of positive effects of taking high quality fish oil was found
High-quality standardized material is required, which has been processed and saved correctly before the results of the current study can be compared with other studies, says the expert Dr. Phipps. Our study used the pure biologically active products from fish oil. These are known as 17-HDHA. "We found clear evidence from the study of the positive effects of taking high quality fish oil," added the doctor.
Fish oil can stop inflammation without suppressing the immune system
Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids have previously been associated with many health benefits. For example, other studies have shown that fish oil reduces the risk of asthma in newborns during pregnancy. After ingestion, the fatty acids transform into special so-called pro-resolve mediators, which can stop inflammation without suppressing the immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods such as flaxseed oil, salmon, tuna, anchovies and walnuts. (as)