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Cod Liver Oil May Protect Against Ulcerative Colitis18-Jan-2011

A prospective cohort study involving 25,639 people, aged between 45 to 74 years, found that higher dietary intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s) like those found in seafood, cod liver oil, fish oil supplements, flax and chai seeds may be associated with a reduced risk of ulcerative colitis (UC). During a follow-up of 4.2 years, 22 incident cases of UC were recorded. After adjusting for potential confounders, high levels of dietary intakes of PUFA’s were found to reduce the risk of UC when compared to low dietary intake. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) reduced the risk by 57%, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) reduced the risk by 44% and total omega-3 PUFA’s reduced the risk by 47%. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “Total dietary omega-3 PUFA’s, EPA, and DHA, particularly DHA were associated with protection from UC in people aged over 45 years. If the association is causal, then increasing the population’s intake of omega-3 PUFA’s from oily fish may help prevent UC.”

Greg’s Comments: Omega 3 fats are also called essential fatty acid’s and that’s because your body is unable to produce them so you must get them from your diet. Unfortunately the western diet is very low in omega 3 fats which can result in an increase of inflammation in your body which leads to pain, tissue damage and eventually disease. Our Orthoplex BioOmega Liquid is very high in DHA as well as EPA (omega 3 essential fatty acids).

Reference: “Dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the aetiology of ulcerative colitis: a UK prospective cohort study,” John S, Hart AR, et al, Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol, 2010; 22(5): 602-6. (Address: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Norwich, UK)