Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce bacterial lung infections associated with COPD
|Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce bacterial lung infections associated with COPD||Darrell Miller||02/24/17|
February 24, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce bacterial lung infections associated with COPD
Years of smoking takes its toll on the body. Many develop COPD, which causes mucous buildup in the lungs that blocks airflow, can also trap bacteria in the lungs that can lead to serious lung infections. The most common culprit is Haemophilus influenzae. Scientists have known for a while that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are good for us, but they only just recently discovered that it is because of their anti-inflammatory properties. A new study is using omega-3s to reduce inflammation in COPD patients and lessen their chances of developing an infection.
- Compounds derived from omega-3 fatty acids – like those found in salmon – might be the key to helping the body combat lung infections, according to researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
- The omega-3 derivatives were effective at clearing a type of bacteria called Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi), which often plagues people with inflammatory diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- COPD, which is most often caused by years of smoking, is characterized by inflammation and excessive mucus in the lungs that blocks airflow.
"If we can figure out how to predict who is likely to get an infection, physicians could put them on a preventative medication."