ATHENS, GREECE. Consuming fish has long been thought to help protect against heart disease, possibly through reducing inflammation in blood vessels. However, study results on the effects of fish on inflammatory markers are mixed, so a team of researchers from Harokopio University set out to examine the relationship in a population-based group of men and women free of heart disease.
URMIA, IRAN. It is well established that some forms of exercise result in acute inflammation and muscle damage. Eccentric exercises (exercises whereby the muscle under load is lengthened) such as stair stepping are particularly likely to induce inflammation, muscle soreness, injury, pain and edema. A group of German and Iranian sports medicine physicians report that supplementing with fish oils prior to, during, and following an eccentric exercise program markedly reduces biomarkers of inflammation and tissue injury.
SENDAI, JAPAN. An elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) level is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease, thought to indicate low-grade inflammation and contribute to plaque in the blood vessels. Previous studies suggest that a greater intake of fish is linked to healthy CRP levels.