Professor Philip Calder carried out the fish oil study in a Portuguese hospital. (Photo: University of Southampton /FIS)
Fish oil effective in treatment of sepsis
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Researchers at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, discovered that patients in intensive care that suffer from sepsis can improve their condition by consuming fish oil.
According to the study published in the magazine BioMed Central, intravenous nutrition that includes fish oil improves pulmonary operation and reduces in-hospitable stays.
The research, conducted by Philip Calder, was carried out in the Hospital Padre Americo, in Portugal.
According to the results obtained on 23 patients with Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome or sepsis, fish oil incorporated intravenously improves gas exchange, reduces inflammatory components and spurs a shorter hospitable stay.
“Recently the interest in the component of fats and oil in venous nutrition has increased, uncovering that it not only provides energy and essential components, but also bioactive-grade acids,” Calder explained.
“Traditional solutions use soybean oil, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids that fish oil has, which acts on reducing the inflammatory response. In fact, soybean oil is rich in Omega-6 acids, which could promote inflammation in an excessive or unbalanced dose,” the expert added.
The study involved the feeding of 13 patients with fish oil and 10 with standard nutrition.
The researchers discovered that the 13 patients of the first group had lower levels of inflammatory agents in their blood, achieved improved pulmonary function and left the hospital before the other group, Europa Press reports.
“It is the first study of this fish oil solution in sepsis patients in the intensive care unit,” said the head of the study. The positive results are important as they indicate that the use of an emulsion of this kind in this group of patients will improve clinical progression in comparison with the standard mix.”
By Analia Murias