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Omega-3's and inflammation

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Research at Ohio State University showed that omega-3’s may reduce proteins that cause inflammation. Participants, either overweight or obese, were given supplements in different doses. Some got placebos. Both higher and lower omega-3 doses helped reduce inflammation.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser led the study.

“If you can’t have fish that frequently or you’re not that fond of it, the supplements clearly have benefits for your immune response.” (10 seconds)

Anyone can experience inflammation, but research at the National Institutes of Health shows it can be more a problem in the presence of excess body fat.

The study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.


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