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Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oils Shown To Bolster Immune System

April 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists have known for some time that the omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) in fish oils can reduce harmful inflammation, but a new U.S. study shows they actually boost the immune system. The study in mice found that DHA-enriched fish oil enhanced white blood cell activation and antibody production. This bolsters immune responses associated with pathogens, and possibly dampens the entire inflammatory response. The immune-enhancing properties of fish oils could benefit people whose immune systems have been compromised, such as those with AIDS or with cancer undergoing radiation treatment.
E. A. Gurzell et al., "DHA-enriched fish oil targets B cell lipid microdomains and enhances ex vivo and in vivo B cell function", Journal of Leukocyte Biology, April 01, 2013, © Society for Leukocyte Biology
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