Spinal injury? Nerve damage? Make sure you get your Omega-3s

University research from the UK suggests that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate.

The new study, published in January of this year in the Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated how omega-3 fatty acids can play a significant role in speeding recovery from nerve injury.

When nerves are damaged because of an accident or injury, patients experience pain, weakness and muscle paralysis which can leave them disabled, and recovery rates are poor.

The study focused on peripheral nerve cells. Peripheral nerves are the nerves which transmit signals between the brain and spinal cord, and the rest of the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for the body’s normal growth and development and have been widely researched for a number of different health benefits. Because the body cannot manufacture omega-3 fatty acids, they have to be consumed in foods such as oily fish.

Read the full article at Science Daily here.

 

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