The two work together to combat the inflammation responsible for a host of devastating illnesses, from heart disease and cancer to arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
Both low-dose aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids from fish are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect on their own. But research has shown that taken together they can control the overactive immune responses that are linked to long-term health problems.
Doctors have long hailed the benefits of aspirin and oily fish but exactly how they worked in the body to boost health was not fully known.
Now US researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston have shown that the breakthrough lies in their ability to combine and deliver a double blow to inflammation.
Aspirin helps trigger the production of key molecules called resolvins that are made naturally by the body from omega-3 fatty acids. These resolvins then shut off, or “resolve”, the inflammation that underlies the health conditions which blight the lives of millions.