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Fish Oil Can Slow down the Progression of IgA Nephropathy

2012-09-15 16:06

Fish Oil Can Slow down the Progression of IgA NephropathySome researches at the Mayo Clinic reveal that fish oil is effective in slowing down the progression of IgA Nephropathy.

1. IgA Nephropathy is associated with fatty acid deficiency. The fatty acid composition of cell membranes is a crucial indicator of overall health. Some researches show that the patients with IgA Nephropathy have an abnormal fatty acid profile and this abnormality can be corrected by proper supplementation of fish oil.

2. Suppress inflammation

In IgA Nephropathy, arachidonic acid is metabolized to eicosanoids that can cause inflammation in kidneys. Fish oil can cause the production of eicosanoids that can combat inflammation, thus slow the disease progression by reducing glomerular and interstitial inflammation.

3. Patients with IgA Nephropathy benefits from fish oil.

The recurrence rate of IgA Nephropathy is is as high as 60% after kidney transplant. Fish oil supplementation can reduce the protein in urine and relieve the kidney rejection after kidney transplant. In this way, it can reduce the recurrence of IgA Nephropathy greatly.

4. Fish oil can relieve complications of people on dialysis

Dialysis is effective in cleaning up the blood, but they do produce side effects. Skin itching affects up to 80% of the patients on dialysis. Fish oil can alleviate the itching problem significantly by displacing arachidonic acid from cell membranes.

5.Reduce the requirement of erythropoetin

Anemia is commonly seen advanced stage of IgA Nephropathy. Some studies show that fish oil supplementation can reduce the need for erythropoietin greatly.

If you are diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, it is essential for you to consult your doctor before you start to take fish oil.

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