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Finally, a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of parenteral supplementation with w-3 fatty acids on immune function and clinical outcomes in postoperative GI cancer patients that included 7 trials (457 participants) concluded that the use of SMOFlipid reduced incidence of infectious, shortened length of hospital stay, and increased level of CD4+ cells.
Production of long-chain w-3 fatty acids using microalgae is considered to be a promising approach [52].