Fish Oil Supplements helped Heal Bedsores

(Best Syndication News) - Taking fish oil supplements may help bedsores heal in critically ill patients, according to a study from the Tel Aviv University. The researchers noticed a 20-25 percent reduction in pressure ulcers when eight grams of fish oil were taken daily for three weeks. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care.

Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine explained that bedsores are a common problem for critically ill patients because of constant pressure on the skin and tissue. Bedsores form from a lack oxygen because the blood flow is reduced and there is skin wetness. Other studies have found fish oil supplements were helpful for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation of the skin and in joints.

Other recent research suggested that fish oil could improve oxygen levels in body tissues in critically ill patients. This study inspired Prof. Singer and his colleagues to investigate to see if fish oil supplements could improve the healing of bedsores of the critically ill. Their study was a randomized experiment which involved giving patients eight grams of fish oil daily for three weeks.

The study involved 40 critically ill patients. Half were assigned a typical hospital diet, while the other half received there meal with 8 grams of fish oil added to it. After three weeks the researchers measured the size of the bedsores and they also measured various immune system parameters.

The patients who received the fish oil supplementation had a significant reduction in pain and discomfort from the bedsores. There was also a 20 to 25 percent improvement in bedsores compared to the control group based on the Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing. The patients with the fish oil supplements had a boost in their immune system and there was a reduction in swelling. There was a decrease in the amount of C-reactive protein in the blood and a modification in the expression in a group of molecules that directed leukocytes (white blood cells). C-reactive protein has been associated with inflammation related to viral and bacterial infections, rheumatic diseases, and necrosis.

Since this study, Prof. Singer and his colleagues said they want to investigate fish oil to determine if there the supplement could be used as a natural way to manage pain.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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