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Confused: Does Omega 3 actually suppress the healing response?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

To paraphrase the paleo community at large, 'Omega 3 reduces inflammation'. Does this mean it works in the same way as NSAIDs/anti-inflam drugs? IMO this would be an extremely bad thing, and I'm sure it's not at all like that but it would be great if someone could further explain how omega 3 'reduces inflammation'. Is it that it stops the thing that causes a healing response, or does it stop the healing response itself?

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on January 22, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Mscott, yeh average healing time was 1 day more, they say this is insignificant, which is true, scientifically speaking. However, it could also propose that healing was more effective, maybe the extra day was necessary to bring the tissue back to 100%? Just a thought.

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:46 PM

This is pretty cool, and seems to support my belief that seafood is possibly necessary for optimal health. Cool stuff!

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Agreed. The idea behind eating/supplementing with omega-3s is to restore balance to the cellular signaling pathways, which on the typical diet (and >20:1 6-to-3 ratio) is turned all the way up on inflammation.

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:36 AM

And yet healing time looks like it was longer from taking omega-3's? Weird.

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on January 22, 2013
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Yeh that's precisely what I was looking for...however the results showing Pt's taking Om3 had an increase in healing proteins surprises me...pleasantly. This study suggests a possible hypothesis that Om3 doesn't actually decrease inflammation, but actually promotes healing...possibly bypassing the auto-immune process??? I'm speculating, and already out of my depths of knowledge here. But interesting :)

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on January 22, 2013
at 08:24 AM

Excellent question +1

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81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Yeh that's precisely what I was looking for...however the results showing Pt's taking Om3 had an increase in healing proteins surprises me...pleasantly. This study suggests a possible hypothesis that Om3 doesn't actually decrease inflammation, but actually promotes healing...possibly bypassing the auto-immune process??? I'm speculating, and already out of my depths of knowledge here. But interesting :)

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:36 AM

And yet healing time looks like it was longer from taking omega-3's? Weird.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on January 22, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Mscott, yeh average healing time was 1 day more, they say this is insignificant, which is true, scientifically speaking. However, it could also propose that healing was more effective, maybe the extra day was necessary to bring the tissue back to 100%? Just a thought.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:46 PM

This is pretty cool, and seems to support my belief that seafood is possibly necessary for optimal health. Cool stuff!

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Well before paleo, I had asked a friend of mine who is an MD (and a generally smart, thoughtful guy) a similar question about anti-inflammatories suppressing healing. He said it was a logical question but he thought that often our bodies were overreacting and producing more inflammation than needed to protect/heal injury, so an anti-inflammatory can help manage that.

Since paleo, my new (un-scientific) theory is that the large amounts of omega 6 most people are ingesting is what is causing the overreaction of inflammation, necessitating any-inflammatories. I know now when I do get sick, it does not seem to be as severe, which I think may in part be due to reduced inflammation because of a better n3/n6 ratio in my diet. Don't know if it's true, but if not, I'll take the placebo effect any day. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Agreed. The idea behind eating/supplementing with omega-3s is to restore balance to the cellular signaling pathways, which on the typical diet (and >20:1 6-to-3 ratio) is turned all the way up on inflammation.

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