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Arthritis Relief With Omega 3 Fish Oil
May 1, 2007
Omega 3 fish oil is a very effective
rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pain reliever. In fact, it may be the best
since it doesn't have any serious side effects.
The most commonly prescribed pain
relievers for RA are NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). But
they're not safe. NSAIDs, such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin and Nuprin,
according to the New England Journal of Medicine (1999; 340 (24):
1888-99), cause severe gastrointestinal complications that are
responsible for 100,000 hospitalizations and over 16,000 deaths
annually. And that's just in the U.S.
But that's only half the story, because
NSAIDs are now being linked to cardiovascular disease. Many experts
believe Vioxx, for example, was responsible for tens of thousands of
fatal heart attacks.
NSAID pain relief medication that
increases the risk of heart attack death is the last thing two million
American arthritis sufferers need. According to Mayo clinic research,
arthritis patients already have more than twice the risk of heart
failure and sudden cardiac death. Why should they take the chance of
NSAIDs increasing the risk?
There's good news, however, for arthritis
patients. Fish oil omega 3 fatty acids offer both valuable pain relief
and heart disease protection.
studies, fish oil has been shown to be so effective at significantly
reducing the number of painful joints and severity of morning stiffness
of arthritis sufferers that many patients were able to reduce or
totally eliminate the use of NSAIDs.
Fish oil is such an effective pain
reliever that in one recent arthritis study 75% of the patients totally
eliminated their use of NSAID pain medication (Journal of Rheumatology,
October 2006). But that's not all fish oil did in this study. It also
raised the participant's good HDL cholesterol, greatly improving their
cholesterol/HDL ratios, as well as significantly reducing their
The authors of the study concluded that
"Anti-inflammatory doses of fish oil should be considered in patients
with RA as a means of reducing CV risk."
In the Journal of the American Board of
Family Practice (18: 28-36), Dr. Robert Oh, after reviewing over 75
human clinical trails of fish oil, asserted that "Fish saves lives, and
physicians must recognize this potential life-saving treatment choice
in patients with cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis."
Dr. Oh also suggests that physicians
follow the guidelines of the American Heart Association and recommend
all patients eat two fatty fish meals per week or get 650 to 1,000 mgs
of omega 3 fish oil DHA (docosahenaenoic acid) and EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid) fatty acids per day through supplementation.
If the negative press has you concerned
about fish toxicity, don't be alarmed. Mercury risk is just "background
noise," according to Drs. Dariush Moxaffarian and Erik Rimm of the
Harvard University School of Public Health. They recently published
research in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006 Vol.
296: 1885-99) that showed the health benefits of fish outweigh any
toxicity risk by as much as 300-500 to 1.
Would you like to get good arthritis pain
relief and prevent heart disease at the same time? Then you want to eat
fatty fish at least two or three times a week and take a good high
quality daily omega 3 fish oil supplement. It's the best thing you can
do for both your joints and your heart.
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