The fish oil is very beneficial to our health, because it has omega 3 and omega 6 which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, as well as other health properties that improves our cardiovascular and immune system. Recently, it was discovered that consumption of fish oil may be helpful for patients suffering from joint disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
What does fish oil contain?
Fish oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, which is very beneficial to our health. According to Dr. Sheldon Hendler, author of Medical Reference Manual nutritional supplements, "The daily intake of at least three grams of fatty acids contained in fish oil for 12 weeks or more, has been shown to reduce morning stiffness and tender joint counts in patients with rheumatoid arthritis."
In a recent pilot study, 250 patients with osteoarthritis were given similar doses of fish oil. "They reported significant improvement of overall pain and reduced use of NSAIDs, with no ill effects of fish oil," according to the Dr. Hendler.
How do fish oils work?
Fish oils inhibit the synthesis of substances which contribute to inflammation. Osteoarthritis "consists mainly of the breakdown of cartilage in the joints associated with aging, no inflammation," said Dr. Hendler. This prevents cartilage destruction.
The fish oil can be an excellent alternative for the treatment of joint disease in the long run, since NSAIDs have major side effects when administered for prolonged therapy, with joint disease that can only be controlled and not cured.
Consumption of fish oil in conjunction with other therapies and a healthy lifestyle can greatly improve the quality of life of people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.