ORLANDO—Fish oil supplementation boosts red blood cell (RBC) levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) in hemodialysis patients, a pilot study shows.


Researchers randomized eight patients to receive 1.3 g of fish oil and four to receive placebo (corn/soybean oil). Post-supplementation levels of two PUFAs—eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid—in RBCs rose dramatically in the fish oil group compared with placebo recipients.

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Four fish oil recipients reported minor, primarily GI, side effects. The study was presented here National Kidney Foundation 2007 Spring Clinical Meetings.