Posted by: wockhardthospitals | November 21, 2009

Fish oils help fight arthritis

Fish oils are known for their beneficial health effects, but how and why they produce antiinflammatory effects remains uncertain. Now, British researchers claim to have uncovered a mechanism that explains why taking fish oil

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capsules can help with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. In the new study, the research team showed how the body converts an ingredient found in fish oils into another chemical called Resolvin D2 and how this chemical reduces the inflammation that leads to a variety of diseases.

Resolvin D2 could be the basis for a new treatment for diseases including sepsis, stroke and arthritis.“We have known for some time that fish oils can help with conditions like arthritis which are linked to inflammation,” says lead researcher Mauro Perretti, Professor of Immunopharmacology at Queen Mary, University of London. “What we’ve shown is how the body processes a particular ingredient of fish oils into Resolvin D2. We’ve also looked in detail at this chemical, determining at least some of the ways it relieves inflammation. It seems to be a very powerful chemical and a small amount can have a large effect,” the expert added.

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