New Report: Fish Oil May Boost Compromised Immune Systems

Fish oil may have immune enhancing properties, new study says.

Fish oil may have immune enhancing properties, new study says.

(Chicago) – A new report in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, shows that DHA-rich fish oil enhances B cell activity, a white blood cell, challenging the notion that fish oil is only immunosuppressive.

This discovery is important as it shows that fish oil does not necessarily reduce the overall immune response to lower inflammation, possibly opening the doors for the use of fish oil among those with compromised immune systems.

“Fish oil may have immune enhancing properties that could benefit immunocompromised individuals,” said Jenifer Fenton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

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