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Fish oil and aspirin staves off a host of illnesses, doctors say

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 25th, 2013
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According to new research, fish oil and aspirin could be the key to beating a host of devastating chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and arthritis. Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston found that both aspirin and fish oil work together to combat the inflammation responsible for heart disease, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer's.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Both aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids from fish are known to have an anti-inflammatory effects. Recent research proves that when taken together they can control the overactive immune responses associated with long-term illnesses.

When inflammation in the human body occurs, it is the body's natural response to injury and foreign bodies. When a harmful or irritating element affects a part of the body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. The symptoms of inflammation show that the body is trying to heal itself.

However - if the person is suffering has a high-fat diet, too much body fat or is a smoker, there may not be a break from the irritants, so the immune system can lose control, increasing risk of disease.

Long-term inflammation can become chronic which can then damage heart valves and brain cells, causing strokes and promoting resistance to insulin, which leads to diabetes. It is also associated with the development of cancer.

The common, over the counter painkiller aspirin is used by millions of people to keep heart attacks and strokes at bay. The drug is used to thin the blood, which reduces the risk of clots, working to help trigger the production of molecules called resolvins that are made naturally by the body from omega-3 fatty acids.

Resolvins "resolve" the inflammation that underlies the health conditions which blight the lives of millions.

Found in oily fish, particularly salmon and sardines, omega-3 is also found in chicken, nuts, kale and spinach as well as vegetable oils.

One resolvin called D3 was found to have an especially long-lasting anti-inflammatory effect.

"In this report, we found that one resolvin, termed D3 and from omega-3 fatty acid, persists longer at sites of inflammation than either resolvin D1 or resolvin D2 in the nat­ural resolution of inflammation in mice," researchers said.

"This finding suggests that this late resolution phase resolvin D3 might display unique properties in fighting uncontrolled inflammation."

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