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DHA Beneficial to Eczema
Published Saturday, June 7, 2008

BERLINA recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may be beneficial to atopic eczema (2008;158(4):786-92) (DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2007.08430.x). The randomized, double blind, controlled trial administered 5.4 g/d of DHA or an isoenergetic control of saturated fatty acids for eight weeks to 53 patients, aged 18 to 40 years old, who were suffering from atopic eczema. The DHA-treated group had a significant clinical improvement of atopic eczema in terms of a decreased SCORAD (severity scoring of atopic dermatitis). A significant reduction of anti-CD40/interleukin 4-mediated IgE synthesis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) was detected in the DHA group only. Supplementation led to a modulated activation status of PBMC in both groups. The DHA group showed an increase of plasma omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) and a decrease in the n-6/n-3 PUFA ratio.
This abstract provided courtesy of Natural Products Industry Insider, published byVirgo Publishing Inc.

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