Why omega-3 oils help at the cellular level - Eurekalert
For the first time, researchers at the University of California, San
Diego have peered inside a living mouse cell and mapped the processes
that power the celebrated health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. More
profoundly, they say their findings suggest it may be possible to
manipulate these processes to short-circuit inflammation before it
begins, or at least help to resolve inflammation before it becomes
The work is published in the May 14, 2012 online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The therapeutic benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, which are
abundant in certain fish oils, have long been known, dating back to at
least the 1950s, when cod liver oil was found to be effective in
treating ailments like eczema and arthritis. In the 1980s, scientists
reported that Eskimos eating a fish-rich diet enjoyed better coronary
health than counterparts consuming mainland foods.