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Recovery From Peripheral Nerve Damage Is Faster When Omega-3 Levels Are High

January 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil could play a role in treating peripheral nerve cell damage, according to British researchers. Peripheral nerves transmit signals between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. The nerves have the ability to regenerate when damaged, but full recovery only occurs when injuries are minor. The study found that a high level of omega-3 fatty acids helped mice recover from sciatic nerve injury more quickly and more fully. And their muscles were less likely to waste following nerve damage.
Stacy J. Gladman et al. , "mproved Outcome after Peripheral Nerve Injury in Mice with Increased Levels of Endogenous Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids", Journal of Neuroscience, January 11, 2012, © Society for Neuroscience
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