Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid needed for the body to function. The human body does not manufacture omega-3 so we have to get it from our diet. Omega-3 is usually found in fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and also in plants and nuts. Omega -3 is also essential in helping reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 is also important to the brain since it helps with cognitive ability. The benefits of omega-3 are that it also benefits those with high blood pressure, diabetes, high-cholesterol, osteoporosis ans even different types of cancer. It would be interesting to do a study of keloid patients to see of they are what can be considered omega-3 deficient. Keloids develop when scar tissue repeatedly produces fibrous tissue over an already covered or healed scar. The abnormal wound healing process at the cellular level causes the skin to make layers of abnormal growths of skin due to injury, wound or anywhere the skin is opened. The Keloid is a result of a skin opening that continues to cover itself. It could be that some deficiencies result in skin disorders, some more than others since our bodies do not naturally produce omega-3, and since this fatty acid is needed for cellular regulation if someone is deficient in omega-3 or their body is unable to absorb it no matter how much they take then keloids may result. Regarding skin fibroblast during wound healing, fatty acids under normal circumstances stop producing excess skin once a wound is covered; when a keloid occurs there may be a lack of fatty acid in the body for skin fibroblasts to recognize that the skin has already been covered or healed. The poor signaling process of skin fibroblasts results in deformity of skin healing. Omega-3 is said to be helpful in the brains cognitive function, right? So if cognitive function includes memory, then it would appear that the skin fibroblasts are unaware or simply forgets that it has covered a wound with a layer of skin. Since the cognitive or signaling process within the skins fibroblast is damaged and cannot recall that it has already healed the wound it does it over and over. If what results is a keloid that becomes larger and larger over time then omega-3 or polyunsaturated fatty acids should be used during surgery or when the situation arises such as when an injury occurs to lessen the chances of keloid formation. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, help those skin fibroblasts never forget!
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