Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Anti Heart Disease #1: Why Fish Oil Is Good For You, Especially Combined With Aspirin

Fish oil has been shown to be effective against several diseases. Many of these diseases have chronic inflammation in common, and fish oil seems effective in suppressing the inflammation. Until recently, it was not known how. Nature News reports that researchers now have found a bit of the mechanism behind its anti-inflammatory properties: Omega-3 fatty acids become converted to lipids that seem to counter inflammation. The conversion becomes more effective if aspirin is added. Focusing on one of the lipids, resolvin E1, the researchers found that it inhibited migration of some human immune cells and reduced skin inflammation in rabbits. Work to prove that resolvin E1 really counteracts disease is now in progress, as well as investigation of the other lipids.


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