Oil as an alternate pain relief cure for arthritis? Myth or
Fish Oil A Cure for Arthritis Pain?
Arthritis is a painful condition that strikes hundreds and thousands
of mostly older folks a ywar.
there are literally hundreds of different types of arthritis,
symptoms of this often chronic and painful disease: morning
swelling, localized or widespread pain, throbbing, and mild
or severe loss of mobility. Just as there are hundreds of different
forms of this condition, so are there a myriad of treatment
conventional treatment method is usually a cocktail of drugs
and medications but in recent years, alternative treatment methods
such as Yoga, Accunpuncture, Reflexology are beginning to replace
or at least supplement the standard drug
truth is that every case is different, and what works for
to move more into the mainstream, more alternative treatment
options are becoming an acceptable part of arthritis treatment.
of the latest trends that nutritionists and others are buzzing
about is fish oil. Fish oil is high in two types of omega-3
acids. These include eicosapentaenoic acid (or EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (or DHA). Both of these omega-3 fatty acids have been
well documented for their ability to reduce inflammation. With
anti-inflammation properties, it makes sense that fish oils
have been touted as the next big thing in arthritis care. But
oils really work? Are they a cure for that persistent arthritis
with most alternative medicine therapies, there is not yet sufficient
research to conclude whether fish oil is truly
efficacious in relieving
the symptoms associated with arthritis. However, early research
is encouraging. Recent clinical trials and laboratory studies
have concluded that fish oil, because of its omega-3 structure,
be helpful in reducing the feelings of stiff morning muscles
and tender joints that so many arthritis sufferers experience.
have not yet concluded the appropriate dosage for maximum effectiveness,
nor how long treatment should last.
researchers have also discovered possible side effects of fish
oil supplementation. In some cases, fish oil has been
shown to increase the risk of the blood's ability to clot.
For some people,
consuming fish oil may affect the time it takes for their blood
to clot. This can be an important issue in cases where the
patient is taking medications that affect their blood.
oil supplementation has also been shown to interact with blood
Apparently, taking fish oil supplements while taking high
blood pressure medications may cause their blood pressure to
possible risk of supplementing with fish oil is that fish
can often contain significant levels of contaminants.
are often found to be unsafe because of their mercury
fish oils could pose a risk, particularly to young children,
and women who are pregnant or nursing. Fishes with the
of mercury include swordfish, tuna, king mackerel, tilefish,
and shark. To avoid these risks, make sure to find a low-mercury
this information can often be difficult, and may involve calling
the manufacturer to ask about mercury levels.
good news: beside these risks, consuming fish oils generally
causes very few side effects. The side effects that do exist
are relatively minor, and may consist of stomach disturbances