Evaluating the biological activity and effects on human health of fish oil and its omega-3 fatty acids

Adrian S Dobs, Daniel Edelstein

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the background, chemistry and specific efficacy of fish oils, specifically ω-3 fatty acids in the treatment and prevention of disease. Epidemiologic evidence appears strong showing its protective effects, although clinical trials with definitive data are still deficient. The mechanism by which ω-3 fatty acids may work on the nervous system and its anti-inflammatory effects are presented. Efforts should be made to ensure dietary intakes should provide sufficient amounts of these essential fatty acids through moderate intake of cold water fatty fish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus Concept
PublisherHumana Press
Pages195-214
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781588296689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • ω-3 fatty acids
  • Alzheimer's
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • chronic disease
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • essential fatty acids
  • Fish oil
  • growth and development
  • health promotion
  • intake recommendations
  • metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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Dobs, A. S., & Edelstein, D. (2008). Evaluating the biological activity and effects on human health of fish oil and its omega-3 fatty acids. In Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus Concept (pp. 195-214). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_15