The effects of omega 3 on human brain and immunity function are well known (thanks in no small part to the work of DSM’s own Norman Salem). However, Ju-Sheng has been working on research to prove its effectiveness in treating diabetes 2 and possibly even cardiovascular disease.
Specifically he organized a clinical trial involving 185 diabetics spread the length and breadth of China. Participants were randomized into three groups and taken fish oil (a source of marine-derived omega-3), flaxseed oil (a source of plant-derived omega-3) and corn oil (as a control supplement) respectively for six months.
“We don’t have the full results yet but early signs are promising. It does seem that - as we had hoped - omega 3 has the potential to benefit both diabetes and diabetic complications,” he says.
Not surprisingly, the biggest challenge faced by Ju-Sheng was simply, how do you ensure that subjects spread across a vast country take their pills every day? “As scientists we control many aspects of research and use some very sophisticated technology - but the one thing we cannot control in a clinical trial is patient compliance.”