A recent study conducted at Oregon State University amongst other institutions has found a potential preventative property of Omega 3, in particular Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and fatty liver disease. What made this discovery possible was the use of metabolomics, a method of analysing metabolites such as DHA. The findings were interesting, DHA is historically used to help reduce the level of triglycerides in a persons blood (high triglycerides increase the risk of heart disease), in part attributed to its role in lipid metabolism. Interestingly the researchers noticed many other potential roles of DHA including changes in vitamin, carbohydrate, protein and amino acid metabolism.
The implications of these findings was that the supplementation of DHA either partially or completely prevented metabolic damage through pathways associated with excessive red meat consumption, sugar, saturated fats and grains.
Science Daily, (2014). More Benefits Emerging for One Type of Omega-3 Fatty Acid: DHA. Retrieved 24th January, 2014, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140123125931.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fnutrition+%28Nutrition+News+--+ScienceDaily%29