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Fish oil your veins

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 21, 2010 18:35 IST

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Fish oil fed intravenously to patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), improves gas exchange, reduces inflammatory chemicals and cuts down hospital stay, London researchers have found.

A trial, which examined the effects of including fish oil in the normal nutrient solution for sepsis patients, found a significant series of benefits. Sepsis is the presence of pus-forming bacteria or toxins in the blood or tissues.

The findings have been published online in BioMed Central’s Critical Care.

“Traditional solutions use soybean oil, which does not contain the omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammatory responses.”

“In fact, soybean oil is rich in omega-6 acids that may actually promote inflammation in an excessive or unbalanced supply,” said Philip Calder, from the University of Southhampton.