Popular for hearth health, brain health and inflammation, omega-3 fish oil may have any trick up its sleeve. A new study has found that consuming regular doses of fish oil helps to offset sunlight-induce immune suppression.
Volunteers at the University of Manchester were given a dose of omega-3 then exposed to eight, 15 or 30 minutes of summer midday sun using a special light machine. The results showed that immunosuppression was 50 per cent lower in those volunteers than those given a placebo.
Although the overall changes were small, and certainly no substitute for proper sun protection, the results do suggest that a continuous dose of omega-3 could reduce the risk of skin cancer over an individual's lifetime.