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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 243-245

Role of omega 3 fatty acids in the management of various diseases---A special emphasis on COVID-19

Department of General Medicine, Konaseema Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation (KIMS&RF), Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sahithi K Budharaju
Konaseema Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation (KIMS&RF), Amalapuram - 533 201, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jdrntruhs.jdrntruhs_135_21

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Omega fatty acids (FA) have been found to have significant anti-inflammatory actions in several inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis psoriasis and asthma. The metabolites of these omega FA are found to have strong anti-inflammatory effects against several allergic and inflammatory diseases. A significant reduction of almost 25% of adverse cardiovascular events has been observed with supplementation of omega FA in many of the studies conducted globally. Neurological function of human brain is invariably dependent on the adequate intake of omega FA's, as the omega-6 and omega-3 FA's promote systemic anti-inflammatory and proinflammatory states. Supplementation of Omega 3 FA can be a promising option as an adjuvant therapy in eczema and psoriasis, retinoid-induced cutaneous side effects, chemotherapy and systemic photoprotection. Omega-3 FA-rich diet or dietary supplementation of omega fatty acids can be considered as one of the therapeutic supplementing options among the home treated and hospitalized patients of COVID-19, because of their immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties.

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