Fish Oil vs Superbugs
New research from South Australia suggests that fish oil supplements combined with antibiotics could be the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”.
Superbugs are a growing problem worldwide. By 2040 around 22,000 Australians are expected to die due to bacterial infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics.
New research from Flinders University has confirmed that fatty acids found in fish oil makes resistant bacteria more susceptible to common antibiotics.
Omega 3 fatty acids are important for various aspects of our health, particularly for our eyes and brain. Our bodies can only generate small amounts of omega 3, making it important to make up the shortfall through our diet or with supplements. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily intake of 300mg of fish oil, but most Australians don’t get that much in their diet.
Now it seems omega 3s could play an important role in battling the rise of antibiotic resistance.
As bacteria multiply during an infection, they consume may kinds of fatty acids from the host’s body. The fatty acids from fish oil become part of the bacteria’s membrane, making it more permeable and more susceptible to the antibiotics.
The researchers suggest increasing the dietary intake of fish oil while taking a course of antibiotics to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
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