24 June 2017

Resolvins as Anti-inflammatories

The benefits of omega-3s for human beings are beginning to be well-known by many, and new studies are underway to understand their effects on memory and ability to reduce the pain and itching caused by inflammation. Éric Rousseau, research professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) and at CHUS’ Research Centre, is studying the anti-inflammatory properties of resolvins, which may be 30 times more powerful than their omega-3 cousins.

Theories suggest that several chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rheumatism or psoriasis could be treated with resolvins, molecules derived from omega-3 fats. The subject is being studied across the global scientific community.

The Université de Sherbrooke reports, in a press release, Mr. Rousseau’s remarks: “Resolvins are highly active bio-compounds. They lead to the processing of omega-3 monoacylglycerides, safe molecules that are easily absorbed by the organism. In turn, these molecules become intracellular omega-3s, then resolvins. Our studies show that by acting on very specific cellular receptors, resolvins can extinguish inflammation, whether acute or chronic.”

Resolvins are natural molecules that are more effective in cases of inflammation and are produced in the inflamed organs, which explains why they are 30 times stronger than omega-3 fats, and act locally when needed.

Asthmatic people or people with chronic pulmonary obstruction could benefit greatly from the use of resolvins. The reduction in inflammation could prevent patients from going to the hospital emergency department. Professor Rousseau is also working on a project concerning pregnant women who are forced to give birth preterm because of inflammation.

Sources: Université de Sherbrooke and La Tribune
Photo credits: Université de Sherbrooke

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