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Omega-rich oils are efficient against malaria, but may enhance viral infections

July 21, 2020 - 07:43 -- Pierre Lutgen

In a recent review paper we described the strong antimalarial properties of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but also raised some concerns about the potential risks for viral infections.

            Jérôme Munyangi, Pierre Lutgen, Artemisia plants, arachidonic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids. Malaria World Journal MWJ 2020, 11:3.

Fish oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, often of the so-called omega type. Some of them like docosahexaeonic acid (DHA), eicapentaeonic acid (EPA), arachidonic acid (AA) cause marked in vitro growth inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum and in vivo parasite killing.

   cont'd, see pdf attached for tables and figures.

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