Seppa Web edition: January 19, 2010
news about omega-3 fatty acids just keeps
rolling in. A new study bolsters previous
data suggesting that fish oil supplements
high in omega-3s may benefit critically
ill people in intensive care units by quelling
inflammation. Meanwhile, another study finds
that robust omega-3 levels protect the ends
of chromosomes from damage, which suggests
a benefit against age-related diseases.
are found naturally in fish, walnuts, certain
vegetable oils and many other foods.
In a study
in Critical Care posted online January 19,
a team of British and Portuguese scientists
tested the value of fish oil supplements
in 23 people admitted to Padre Américo
Hospital in Penafiel, Portugal. The patients
were critically ill with sepsis, a life-threatening
overreaction to a microbial infection spread
in the blood. Although doctors use a host
of drugs and around-the-clock care to treat
sepsis, the death rate is still shockingly
high, up to 35 percent.