Omega-3 fatty acids are nerve repairing superheroes. Found in fatty krill and fish like salmon and tuna, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, fish oil, spinach, and soybeans, Omega-3 offers three surprising benefits related to the nerves.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in affected areas, and reduced inflammation means less pain. A recent study found that after a month of taking 1,200 mg of omega-3 through fish-oil supplements, 60 percent of participants reported decreased pain levels, and the same number of participants were able to stop taking anti-inflammatory prescription medications. (1)
Another recent study from Queen Mary University in London found that omega-3 fatty acids help protect nerves from injury. The study, which was performed on isolated nerve cells of mice, found that omega-3 reduced the number of nerve cell deaths and improved the protection of nerve cells against damage. (2)
Omega-3 has been shown through a number of studies to promote the fast recovery of damaged nerves. One study found that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids helped mice recover from nerve damage more quickly, and their muscle mass was less likely to be reduced due to nerve damage. Another study found that 2,400 to 7,200 mg of omega-3 each day helps to restore the health of the myelin sheath, which is a protective coating around the nerves and reduces pain associated with neuropathy. (2, 3)
You’d probably have a hard time consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids through your diet alone. To get enough each day, consider taking a krill oil supplement each day to boost your omega-3 levels and reap its proven healing powers. Krill is superior to fish oil as its rich EPA and DHA can absorbed more efficiently.
(1) Cicero AFG, Rosticci M, Morbini M, et al. Lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 ethyl esters and krill oil: a randomized, cross-over, clinical trial. Archives of Medical Science : AMS. 2016;12(3):507-512. doi:10.5114/aoms.2016.59923.
(2) “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Prevent And Treat Nerve Damage, Research Suggests”. 2019. ScienceDaily. Accessed March 27 2019. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111103856.htm.
(3) (Get Your Omega-3 Through Diet and Supplements) Ahn, So Hyun, Su Jin Lim, Young Moo Ryu, Hye-Ryung Park, Hyung Joo Suh, and Sung Hee Han. 2018. “Absorption Rate Of Krill Oil And Fish Oil In Blood And Brain Of Rats”. Lipids In Health And Disease 17 (1). Springer Nature. doi:10.1186/s12944-018-0812-7.