Navigation Links
Fish Oil Supplements Won't Help in Multiple Sclerosis: Study

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fatty acid supplements don't appear to have any benefit on multiple sclerosis (MS), according a study by Norwegian researchers.

Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. Some prior research has indicated that omega-3 fatty acid supplements might have anti-inflammatory effects that could benefit those with the disease, according to background information in the study.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish, such as salmon, and in fish oil supplements.

"Our study provides evidence that omega-3 supplementation has no beneficial effect on MS, neither given alone nor in combination with interferon treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Oivind Torkildsen, from Haukeland University Hospital, in Bergen. Interferon is a standard drug given to MS patients.

"Our data do not suggest that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was harmful or that it interfered with interferon beta treatment," he added.

This study is important, not only for neurologists and MS patients, but also for general practitioners, who frequently advise patients about lifestyle interventions and complementary approaches to MS treatment, Torkildsen said.

The report was published in the April 16 online edition of the Archives of Neurology.

For the study, Torkildsen's team looked at 92 MS patients, aged 18 to 55, with a form of the disease known as relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

Half of the patients were given the supplement alone or the supplement plus injections of interferon beta-1a. The other half received an inactive placebo.

After six months, all patients were given interferon beta-1a three times a week for an additional 18 months.

When the patients underwent MRI brain scans to look for new lesions, the researchers found no effect on the disease among those taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

The results were the same whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements were used alone or in combination with interferon beta-1a, the study authors noted.

These findings were in contrast with two other studies that showed possible positive effects from fish oil supplements, Torkildsen and colleagues pointed out.

No difference existed between the groups in the number of relapses during the first six months of treatment or after 24 months, and there were no differences in fatigue or quality of life, according to the results.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Kottil Rammohan, a professor of neurology and director of the MS division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said, "It doesn't surprise me that omega-3 fatty acids had no effect on MS. I have never looked upon omega-3 fatty acids as having an effect on MS and I have a lot of patients who take these supplements for heart health," he said.

However, Rammohan added, "This study won't change my advice to patients to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements because they have other health benefits."

More information

For more information on MS, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

SOURCES: Oivind Torkildsen, M.D., Ph.D., Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway; Kottil Rammohan, M.D., professor of neurology and director, MS division, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; April 16, 2012, Archives of Neurology, online

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Omega-3 Supplements No Help Against Repeat Heart Trouble: Review
2. Vitamin E Supplements Dont Affect Heart Failure Risk: Study
3. Vitamin A Supplements Might Cut Melanoma Risk: Study
4. Selenium Supplements May Help -- or Harm
5. Soy isoflavone supplements did not provide breast cancer protections
6. Eating smart: Researcher studies foods, dietary supplements that may reduce risk of prostate cancer
7. Researchers identify phthalates in numeruous medicines and supplements
8. Women advised to avoid ZEN bust-enhancing supplements because of possible cancer risk
9. Buyer, Beware of Over-the-Counter Thyroid Supplements: Study
10. Folic acid supplements in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of severe language delay in children
11. Ginger Supplements Might Ease Inflammation Linked to Colon Cancer
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Fish Oil Supplements Won't Help in Multiple Sclerosis: Study
(Date:10/9/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2015 , ... Head ... Center for the elite developmental camp at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas on ... Katreece Stone, Head Over Heels girls team head coach and executive director, said. “It's ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... October 09, 2015 , ... Confidence Plus Insurance ... a community improvement initiative that involves working with a series of local charities ... of Confidence Plus Insurance is the Gleason Park Electric Violin Ensemble (GPEVE). , ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... Nedlands, WA, Australia (PRWEB) , ... October 09, ... ... be featured in an upcoming episode of Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., airing ... In this segment, Innovations will educate audiences on MMJ Phytotech Limited (MMJ) – ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... October 09, 2015 , ... Deadly, record-smashing rainfall has ... Foundation (CCCF) in Columbia, South Carolina. In response, the Foundation has established a ... – both short and long term. 100% of monies donated will go directly ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... , ... October 09, 2015 , ... ... medical staffing franchise, was recognized by Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks for ... home care company’s dedication to consistently going above and beyond the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
... , , WASHINGTON, July ... for a health reform bill that requires no cost-sharing by ... The preventive services proposal was among eight "core consumer protections" ... He listed the eight protections during a Thursday town hall ...
... percent, chances of serious complications 4.3 percent, , WEDNESDAY, ... surgery to combat significant obesity, a new study suggests ... what has previously been reported. , The study, which ... gastric banding (lap-band surgery), found that the risk of ...
... , ROCKVILLE, Md., ... expect to feel better when taking an antidepressant, which rheumatoid arthritis drugs work ... now can get this and other treatment information through new Spanish-language consumer guides ... AHRQ also released consumer ...
... , ARLINGTON, Va., July 29 ... home medical equipment and services (durable medical equipment) and about ... Association for Homecare has developed a "Myth vs. Reality" list ... The American Association for Homecare urges members of the ...
... study finds no better nutrient value than in conventionally produced ... that beckons from the organic aisles of grocery stores may ... rest of supermarket shelves. , According to a British review ... conventionally produced foods have about the same nutrient content, suggesting ...
... , CHICAGO, July 29 Through its ... and Casualty Company has increased its support to the Alzheimer,s Association ... Bankers, annual Forget Me Not Days(R) event increased its donations ... Alzheimer,s Association. In addition, Bankers - the national life and ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:10/9/2015)... , Oct. 9, 2015 Henry Schein ... provider of health care products and services to office-based ... customers that the Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline is ... logistical or financial issues as a result of the ... The toll-free number for all Henry Schein ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... Calif. , Oct. 9, 2015  Impax Laboratories, ... Company will release its third quarter 2015 financial results ... of the U.S. financial markets. The Company will host ... community at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time on November 9, ... . --> The financial results and ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... 2015 Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... approximately 50 new jobs to its research and development presence ... York, New York . --> ... will include a translational immuno-oncology hub and a Lilly "portal," ... access to cutting-edge drug discovery capabilities, including chemistry and lead ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
...   Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. announced today that it ... Drug Administration to conduct a pivotal clinical trial with ... use over clear corneal incisions. The ... efficacy of the device, relative to sutured closure, for ...
... South Korea, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- As the whole ... in Korea has shown a great improvement. Cancer is still ... half of Korean cancer patients have, in recent times, managed ... world class cancer treatments are available in Korea. ...
Cached Medicine Technology:
Force 1C has a streamlined, compact design perfect for the requirements of outpatient surgery - as well as the power and performance features needed for a full range of general inpatient surgical pro...
... Isolated ESU on the market with 10,000V PTP ... that allows the surgeon to adjust power settings ... pencil. Excalibur Plus PC Patented Controlled Output Voltage ... cutting through various impedance tissues with minimal thermal ...
Diamond phaco knife keratome shaped blade straight. 3.2 mm wide....
Sabre 180, 230V, 50Hz is a powerful niche generator....
Medicine Products: