The above mentioned studies suggests not only that omega fatty acids may be beneficial in protecting and supporting the liver but also in reducing long-term complications of liver injury due to fibrosis and cirrhosis. There is even specific research on omega-3s and hepatitis suggesting omega-3s may be associated with increased success of interferon-based therapies and an antifibrogenic effect in obese individuals with Chronic Hepatitis C. Furthermore, research shows Omega 3s and Omega 6s may have a positive impact on the immune system as well as helping prevent or lessen depression.
Though omega EFAs are not a cure for hepatitis and should not be used as a sole treatment, I was really surprised how much research there is showing how beneficial they are. Inflammation drives the pathology of hep c. AST and ALT levels are actually indicators of inflammation in the liver. Because Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature, it makes sense that they should be helpful to those with Hepatitis C.
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