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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Liver Metabolism In Many Unforeseen Ways, Study Finds

January 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Omega-3 fatty acids – especially DHA – could be significantly effective in preventing fatty liver disease and other metabolic problems caused by the Western diet, according to scientists at Oregon State University. In a study in mice that used a technology known as “metabolomics”, DHA supplements produced many unanticipated benefits, including changes in vitamin and carbohydrate metabolism, protein and amino acid function and lipid metabolism. DHA supplementation prevented metabolic damage caused by the Western diet: excessive consumption of red meat, sugar, saturated fat and processed grain.
Christopher M. Depner et al., "A Metabolomic Analysis of Omega-3 Fatty Acid-Mediated Attenuation of Western Diet-Induced Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis in LDLR-/- Mice", PLoS ONE, January 23, 2014, © Depner et al.
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