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Fish protein may have great health benefits

Studies show that protein from fish can improve the health of overweight and obese people. A group of Norwegian researchers want to find out why this is so

Fish protein as dietary supplement is popular, but what health benefits does it have? Aslaug Drotningsvik and Iselin Vildmyren want to find the answer.
LOOKING FOR HEALTHY ANSWERS: Fish protein as dietary supplement is popular, but what health benefits does it have? Aslaug Drotningsvik and Iselin Vildmyren want to find the answer.
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Solfrid T. Langeland, University of Bergen

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Nations where the population eat a lot of fish have fewer lifestyle diseases. New studies show that consumption of fish proteins can have beneficial health effects.

“This research is exciting when it comes to prevent and treat lifestyle diseases,” says Iselin T. Vildmyren.

Along with Aslaug Drotningsvik she is taking an industrial PhD at the University of Bergen (UiB). Both of them are part of the protein group at the Department of Clinical Medicine.  

They are looking at how fish protein affect people’s health.

Fish is more than omega-3 fats

“We are told to eat fish regularly because fish contains marine omega 3 fats, but fish is so much more than omega-3. Our goal is to learn more about the health effects the fish protein can provide us with. Research has showed that fish protein has a positive effect on humans and rats that are overweight or obese,” says Drotningsvik.

Along with the leader of the protein group at the department, Oddrun Anita Gudbrandsen, Drotningsvik has published results linking protein from cod to health benefits in obese rats.

Drotningsvik and Vildmyren’s studies are called “Fiskeproteinstudiene 2015-2020”.  Vildmyren studies the effects from fish protein on active adults who build muscles and on inactive adults whereas Drotningsvik studies the same thing on inactive elderly with muscular atrophy.

Important health effects

“We are curious to learn if fish protein affects these groups in the same way. We believe that fish protein will reduce the storage of fat in the muscles, reduce inflammation in the body and improve the regulation of sugars,” says Drotningsvik.

Drotningsvik and Vildmyren thinks that the result of their research can lead to products that benefits the health industry.

“We hope that our research can lead to future useful health products,” says Vildmyren.

Vildmyren  is connected with the fish company Halstensen Granit AS in the coastal municipality of Austevoll in Norway. The company produces fillet from wild cod and flour that is rich in protein.

Drotningsvik is connected with the TripleNine Group, which comprises several companies producing fish protein and fish oil in Norway, Denmark and Chile.