[PHNUTR-L] OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS CAN IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION IN COPD
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
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Tue Dec 13 07:07:43 PST 2005
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News Briefs from the Journal Chest, December 2005
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS CAN IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish, canola
oil, and walnuts, can have anti-inflammatory effects and improve the
exercise capacity for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD). For two years, Japanese researchers followed 32 patients
with COPD on an omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet (treatment group) and 32
patients with COPD on a non-omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet (nontreatment
group). Every three months, dyspnea scores, levels of inflammatory
mediators, and exercise capacity were recorded. Overall, results showed
that dyspnea scores and exercise capacity significantly improved and
inflammatory mediators significantly decreased for patients in the
treatment group, while there was no significant change in the
nontreatment group. Researchers suggest that nutritional support with an
omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet is a safe and practical method for treating
COPD. The study appears in the December issue of CHEST, the
peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
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