DHA fish oil concentrate may promote immune function, says a new study. According to the study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from fish oil have immunomodulatory properties. The study claims that DHA fish oil concentrate may promote immune function and support a healthy immune system in middle-aged obese adults.
These components have an important role in growth and development of the brain as they reduce stress, relieves menstrual pain to help the body to fight inflammation.
As its rich in omega-3 fatty acids it helps to retain moisture in the dry skin, as well as it supports eye health, reduces liver fat, improves attention and hyperactivity in children, and improve bone health. In addition fish oil also provides nutrients, vitamin B6, and B12.
The study used an ex vivo model of B-cell cytokines-small proteins which are important in immune signaling—leads to activation of cell-type specific immune activities. The results showed that high-DHA concentrate could modulate human B-cell activity; however, the researchers said that further testing is required.
“To-date, B cell activation has not been well studied in humans with omega-3s and underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. We were very excited to observe the immune enhancing properties of high-DHA fish oil on B cells in humans,” said Raz Shaikh, Ph.D., lead investigator of the study and associate professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The study concludes that DHA boosts immune function. The results point to new modalities for addressing conditions like inflammatory and chronic diseases.