Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Can Fish Oil Remove Arthritis Pain

Can fish oil remove arthritis pain? It has helped fisherman for hundreds of years to prevent joints from aching brought on by cold weather. Why has it been so effective for so many health problems? Let's look at why fish oil is a MUST for your health.

The oils or fat from some species of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Some species are rich in an omega3 called Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. Others provide more Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. A few species provide a small amount of a trace omega-3 called Docosapentaenoic acid or DPA.

All three are believed to be important for circulatory and heart health. DHA is most important to the brain and the eyes. In studies concerning a variety of conditions, EPA and DHA work best together.

All omega-3s have been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity, which is the reason that reducing or removing arthritis pain with fish oil is a possibility. Omega-3s balance the production of inflammatory molecules within the body. Many of which are created as a result of too much omega-6 in the diet.

Omega-6 fatty acids are more common. Whereas the only good dietary source of omega-3s is fatty fish, omega-6s are present in vegetable oils, meat and most other fatty foods. They are not quite as bad for our health as saturated fat and nothing is worse than trans-fat, but, whenever possible, we should try to reduce our intake of omega-6s and increase our intake of omega-3s.

Everything within the body is about balance. When the balance is thrown off, we suffer in some way, shape or form. Inflammation is a factor in painful conditions, such as arthritis and many bowel diseases, but when the balance of omega-3 to omega-6 in the diet is thrown off, inflammation becomes systematic or chronic. That leads to a variety of health problems, including cancer and heart disease.

So, not only is reducing or removing arthritis pain with fish oil possible,
supplementation may help reduce your risk of those life-threatening illnesses. Those are benefits that we won’t really be sure of until we live a long healthy life, but the reduction in painful conditions is noticeable in just a few short weeks.

How much should you take? Recommendations vary. But, an adult can safely take 2000-3000mg per day.

Clinical studies have shown that the effectiveness of improving or removing arthritis pain with fish oil varies, due in part to the omega3 content of the supplement being taken. Some supplements provide a great deal. Others provide very little.

In addition, recent studies have shown that the inclusion of natural triglycerides (not distilled or concentrated) improves the anti-inflammatory activity of the supplement. Only a few companies are able to include the natural triglycerides, because most oils contain too many contaminants.

When oils are contaminated with mercury or cancer-causing chemicals, they must be distilled or purified. The purification process reduces the anti-inflammatory activity. So, if you are interested in naturally reducing or removing arthritis pain with fish oil, look for a company that includes the natural triglycerides. You’ll see better results.

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