Studies Show Fish Oil Helps Eczema

 

young woman scratching eczema on arm

 

Eczema is a skin condition where patches of skin can become rough, scaly and inflamed.

The National Eczema Association cites that an inflammatory component plays a large role in the pathology of eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Treatment can include corticosteroids, UV light therapy and skin moisture lotions.

Latest research shows that the fatty acids in fish oils can enhancing the skin barrier and reduce inflammation seen in eczema.

Fish oil is an excellent source of the omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

The following research studies take a closer look at fish oils and their role in eczema treatment.

 

Research Studies on Fish Oils and Eczema Symptoms

 

Fish Oils Improved Eczema By 30%

Oslo, Norway – Researchers at the University of Oslo found fish oils improved eczema symptoms better than corn oil.

In this study, one hundred and forty five (145) eczema patients took either 6 grams of fish oil or corn oil a day for four months.

Researchers saw a 30% improvement in the fish oil group, compared to only 24% of patients taking corn oil.

Researchers believe that fish oils help the body produce chemicals called eicosanoids which fights the inflammation seen in eczema.

 

10 Grams a Day of Fish Oil reduce Eczema Symptoms

A study in the Journal of Internal Medicine Supplement showed that 10 grams a day of fish oil, supplying 3 grams a day of omega 3 fatty acids, reduced the severity of itching and symptoms in eczema.

 

Omega Fatty Acid Cream (Eucerin) Reduces Eczema Symptoms

Dusseldorf, Germany – A study published in 2002 May issue of Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology showed that a skin cream made up of omega 3 fatty acids from evening primrose and grape seed oil prevented or diminished eczema from developing.

 

What’s the Best Fish Oil Dosage for Eczema?

 

spoonful of fish oil sofgels for eczema

The research shows that fish oils can play a role in reducing the inflammation seen in eczema and improving overall skin health.

Due to the variety of guidelines used in many studies, more research is needed to determine the best fish oil dosage.

You can increase your dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids by eating more fresh fatty fish, such as salmon or mackerel.

If you don’t like eating fish you could use an omega 3 fish oil supplement.

The best products are ones that supply high amounts of EPA and DHA. The Consumer’s Guide to Buying the Best Fish Oil suggests 5 ways to choose the best fish oil.

Since there are no standardized dosages for eczema,  you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and gauge your individual response.

 

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