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Fish oil and aspirin, a winning combination

25 February 2013

Fish oil and aspirin, a winning combination

New research has found that a combination of fish oil and aspirin could be the key to fighting many different chronic diseases.

Aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effect on their own, but it is believed that when combined they can control the overactive immune responses that are associated with long-term illness.  Researchers found that the two work together to combat inflammation for diseases, including heart disease, cancer arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.

Aspirin is used by millions to prevent heart attack and stroke.  It works by thinning the blood
which triggers the production of molecules – resolvins, which are made by the body from omega-3 fatty acids.  The resolvins combat the inflammation which underlies so many chronic conditions.

The researchers said, “In this report, we found that one resolvin, termed D3 and from omega-3 fatty acid, persists longer at sites of inflammation than either resolvin D1 or resolvin D2 in the natural resolution of inflammation in mice.  This finding suggests that this late resolution phase resolvin D3 might display unique properties in fighting uncontrolled inflammation.”