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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Again Show Rheumatoid Arthritis Benefits

A recent study suggests that consuming omega-3 fatty acids could help reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, allowing patients to cut back on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

183 individuals with diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis consumed 2.7 grams of omega-3s daily over the course of three months, while 187 other participants with the same diagnosis took placebos over the same time period.

At the conclusion of the study, the omega-3 group showed 48% less NSAID usage, reported less swollen joints, morning stiffness, and physical function.

The researchers were based at Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. Their results were published online on July 24, 2012, in the Archives of Medical Research.

In addition to arthritis benefits, omega-3s have been shown to improve inflammation, mood, joint mobility, age related macular degeneration, and the immune system.

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 DHA and EPA omega-3s, while ALA omega-3 fatty-acids are plant derived and can be found in flaxseed oil, vegetable oil, and walnuts.

If you don’t like fish or you’re worried about the high mercury levels found in some fish, consider taking a high quality supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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