Fish and shellfish experts from the University of Texas Medical Branch, a division of the National Institutes of Health, have joined forces to help explain why fish are so important for human health.
The scientists said they’ve discovered that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish can be converted into “adenosyl-CoA,” a type of fat that can be used by the body to manufacture new blood vessels.
“There’s been a lot of confusion around omega-6 fatty acids because we don’t know if they’re important,” said Dr. Richard Ritchie, associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Integrative Biology at the University Health Network, a public research institute.
“This is really important information that is helping us to better understand what we need in our diet.”
Dr. Richard W. Miller, an associate professor in the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and professor of pediatrics at UTMB, led the research.
“This is a very important step toward understanding how fish can help us protect our cardiovascular systems, our joints, our nervous systems and our immune systems,” he said.
Miller’s team discovered that fish-derived fatty acids have the ability to “decouple” from cholesterol, a chemical found in all foods.
That’s a phenomenon that is not found in humans.
“It’s the first time that we’ve identified this mechanism for a fish that we can actually use in the treatment of a disease,” he added.
While fish may be one of the most common foods eaten by people around the world, it is also one of its most vulnerable.
Studies have shown that a diet high in fish oil, a type that’s derived from fish, is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
And while fish consumption in the United States is on the rise, only a few countries have found that it is a viable source of omega-4 fats.
But researchers say it’s not enough.
“It’s still not good enough to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got fish oil in our diets,'” Miller said.
“The important thing is to know how the fish oil works, how it’s metabolized, what it does for us.”
If we’re going to eat fish, it has to be balanced.””
But the evidence shows that that’s not really true.
If we’re going to eat fish, it has to be balanced.”
The research team found that fish oils have a number of health benefits.
One is that they can reduce inflammation in the body.
This is a natural inflammatory process that helps cause blood clots and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
“One of the benefits of omega 3 is that it reduces the inflammatory response,” said W. M. Brown, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UTMC and co-author of the paper.
“That’s why it’s so important to get enough omega-5 fatty acids and then use them for the right purposes.”
One of Brown’s recent research projects has focused on using fish oil supplements to reduce inflammation.
This has allowed Brown to look at how omega-8 and omega-9 fats can reduce inflammatory reactions.
He has also been studying fish oil to help people with obesity, diabetes and asthma.
“We’re not trying to make a fish oil supplement that will cure everything,” he told HealthDay.
“We’re just trying to understand the mechanisms of how the omega oils work.
We’re not looking to do anything crazy.”
But if you want to make sure that you’re getting the right type of omega oil, Miller’s group recommends trying to get some fish oil-derived omega-7 fatty acids from fish and shell.
The researchers have found a connection between fish and heart health.
“People who have a higher omega-13 intake, a lower omega-12 intake, and a higher fish consumption are less likely to develop coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and heart attack, which are risk factors for heart disease,” Miller said, adding that a lower fish intake has also shown to reduce the risk of cancer.