Professor Pierre Singer and Ph.D. candidate Miriam Theilla, of the Rabin Medical Center, recently published findings in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care from a study to determine the impact of fish oil supplements on pressure ulcers.
Three weeks into the study, researchers found that fish oil caused a significant lessening of pain and discomfort from bedsores (a 20 to 25 percent improvement), a stronger immune system and a reduction in inflammation throughout the body. The patients in the study that were given fish oil had an average of 20 to 25 percent improvement in the healing of their bedsores compared to the control group. Beyond the size of the bedsores, the researchers also measured different immune parameters and found that the patients in the fish oil group had experienced a boost in their immune system and a reduction in swelling.
“We saw a modification in the expression of a group of molecules associated with directing leukocytes, or white blood cells, in the direction of the wound, which could explain the improved healing,” explains Prof. Singer.
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