Fish Oil May Help Relieve Joint Discomfort
A new study has found that fish oil may help relieve joint discomfort and improve quality of life.
One hundred thirty-four overweight or obese sedentary adults with an average age of 65 participated in the study. They were given fish oil containing 2,000 mg of DHA and 400 mg of EPA, 160 mg of curcumin, fish oil and curcumin, or a placebo daily for 16 weeks. The McGill Pain Questionnaire was used to evaluate joint symptoms. The impact of joint discomfort on quality of life was assessed using the OA Questionnaire. Physical and mental well-being were evaluated using the 36-Item Short Form Survey.
Participants in the fish oil only group saw a 42% reduction in overall joint discomfort, which was significantly higher than the fish oil and curcumin group. Participants in the curcumin only and placebo groups did not see a reduction in joint discomfort. Participants in the fish oil group also saw improvements in microvascular function and quality of life.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Newcastle. It was published online ahead of print on July 23, 2020 in the journal Rheumatology Advances in Practice.