A recent study has found that adding fish oil to intravenous (IV) solutions may be beneficial for intensive care patients with the life-threatening blood infection known as sepsis, which is caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection.
Researchers at the University of Southampton in England followed 13 patients who received a fish oil supplement with their IV solution and 10 respondents who only received the traditional nutrient solution.
The study found that patients who had received fish oil had better lung function, lower levels of chemicals in their blood and a shorter stay in the hospital.
"This is the first study of this particular fish oil solution in septic patients in the ICU," said researcher Philip Calder in news reports. "The positive results are important since they indicate that the use of such an emulsion in this group of patients will improve clinical outcomes, in comparison with the standard mix."
Cader added that traditional solutions do not contain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and may actually promote inflammation rather than reduce it.
Seperate research has found that a high intake of omega-3s can help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, heart disease and chronic kidney disorders.