Dietary Changes May Help Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
A recent study suggests that taking a low-dose supplement of fish oil omega-3s may help reduce pain and improve cardiovascular health in people with osteoarthritis. The study also found that losing weight may help reduce pain in overweight and obese people with osteoarthritis.
For their review, researchers from the University of Surrey examined 68 studies that focused on the relationship between nutrition and osteoarthritis risk or progression.
The researchers found that a low-dose supplement (one and a half standard capsules) of fish oil could help alleviate pain and improve cardiovascular health in people with osteoarthritis. They believe this is due to fatty acids in fish oil that help reduce inflammation. They also found that weight reduction and exercise tailored to mobility might help ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The researchers also found that an increase in foods rich in vitamin K1 such as kale, spinach, and parsley delivered symptom-relief benefits to patients with osteoarthritis.
The study was published on May 1, 2018, in the journal Rheumatology.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.
Vitamin K comes in two main forms: K1 (phylloquinone) and K2 (menaquinones). Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables and makes up about 90% of the vitamin K consumption in a western diet.