(Last Updated On: March 15, 2021)
A study on home remedies vs Omega Supplements: Fish oil VS Omega 3
The researchers have explained how the home remedy of using fish oils helps lower the blood pressure through vasodilation at ion channels. In the vascular muscle cells (smooth), like those that are along the blood vessels, ion channels that span the outer membrane of a cell to let such ions as calcium, sodium, and potassium in and out, are very critical to maintaining the proper blood vessel pressure.
But how and what is the reason that the health effects of a single fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) acts remains unclear, in this part because its molecular signaling ways are just now being understood.
The researches done by the expert researchers noticed that the DHA reversibly and rapidly stimulates these channels by raising currents by up to 20 fold. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) lowers the blood pressure in anesthetized wild-type mice but not in mice engineered genetically without a particular ion channel subunit.
In contrast to the experiments done, the research team found that the DHA ethyl ester, a dietary supplement, which is found in most fish oil pills fails to activate the same channels, and even offends the positive effects of docosahexaenoic acid from natural sources, on the cells. The docosahexaenoic acid ethyl ester shows to contend with the natural form of DHA for restraining sites on the ion channel.
The team reasoned that these channels are having receptors for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and that docosahexaenoic acid — unlike its ethyl ester kin — activates the channels and lowers the blood pressure effectively.
The research finding has functional implications for the use of omega-3 fatty acids as nutritional pharmaceuticals for the general public and also for severely ill patients who usually get Physio Omega or omega-3-enriched recipes as a part of their daily nutrition.
Michael Bauer, a co-author from Jena University Hospital in Germany, who practices researchers on sepsis in a clinical environment, says the provings and studies may help the physicians to closely observe the specific formulations given to the patients of sepsis because they may carry either the free omega-3 acid or the ester.
The findings also emphasized the importance of getting omega-3 fatty acids from natural food sources such as oily fish as a home remedy. The omega-3 fatty acids obtained from food supplements were somewhat different from those that were obtained naturally. Note that before this study, it was considered that the omega-3 acids obtained from both the sources were supposed to be working in the same manner; however, the natural source of omega-3 obtained directly was quite effective.