Effects of dietary fish oil supplementation on polymorphonuclear leukocyte inflammatory potential

Inflammation. 1986 Dec;10(4):387-92. doi: 10.1007/BF00915822.


Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) are an important contributor to inflammation and are thus a part of the pathophysiology of many human diseases. We assessed the effect of fish oil on PMNL inflammatory potential by measuring chemiluminescence and superoxide production before and after six weeks of daily cod liver oil ingestion by healthy volunteers. Phagocytosing PMNLs demonstrated a 27% decrease in chemiluminescence (P less than 0.05) and a 64% decrease in superoxide production (P less than 0.01), following the cod liver oil supplementation. Analysis of PMNL and platelet fatty acids revealed the appearance of eicosapentaenoic acid and a significant decrease in arachidonic acid in both types of cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Fats / pharmacology*
  • Fish Oils / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Inflammation / physiopathology*
  • Kinetics
  • Luminescent Measurements
  • Neutrophils / drug effects
  • Neutrophils / physiology*
  • Superoxides / blood


  • Dietary Fats
  • Fish Oils
  • Superoxides