London (Web Desk): A recent research suggested, intake of omega-3 fatty acids rich foods could significantly reduce damage caused by air pollution.
According to the study conducted in mice, Omega-3 fatty acids (OFAs) could reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by air pollution by up to half, OFAs is found in a variety of foods including in oily fish, soy beans and spinach.
However, the research also shows air pollution particles can penetrate through the lungs of lab animals into many major.
Lead researcher Jing Kang, at Massachusetts General Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School in the US, was quoted as saying, "I would definitely recommend taking OFAs to counter air pollution problems".
Kang said, "OFAs are well known to have many other healthy benefits and the key thing is they are not like a drug, but a nutrient with so many benefits".
Kang said, two to four grammes per day would be the equivalent dose in humans to that given to the mice.
The research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids could provide an immediate, practical solution for reducing the disease burden of air pollution.