written by: Linda M. McCloud
• edited by: Diana Cooper
• updated: 10/13/2009
Do you have arthritis? Are you in pain often? Are you tired of the way traditional medicines (known as NSAID's) make you feel? Are you looking for an alternative remedy that may even help you in other health related ways? Try fish oil for arthritis pain relief.
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Fish Oil Provides Natural Relief From Arthritis Pain
Do you awake every morning with stiff joints? Do you have joint tenderness? Do you have arthritis? Are you looking for a natural and safe way to help this pain? Have you thought about taking the wonder supplement of fish oil for arthritis pain relief?
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Fish oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly decrease inflammation. Arthritis is known for causing inflammation, which can result in stiffness, tenderness, pain and swelling. Fish Oil is usually derived from cold water fish. These types of fish include salmon, cod, mackerel, halibut, tuna and herring. Fish oil comes in many varieties. The most common variety and the most well known is the gel capsule form. This is also the easiest for one to swallow. Generally, it is advisable to take two gel caps a day of fish oil to help stop the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
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How Does it Work?
Fish oil can also help decrease the production of substances in the body that can cause inflammation (trumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin 6, interleukin 1 beta). Plus, fish oil does not cause the side effects that most NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as motrin) do such as causing stomach distress.
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Fish oil can benefit a few other conditions as well as helping with one's arthritis pain such as preventing or helping to combat hardening of the arteries by loosening the plaque in the arteries. It is also helping to manage the symptoms of lupus, helping to fight depression, helping to loose weight, helping blood circulation and helping the body to fight diseases.
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If you are suffering from arthritis pain and traditional medicines are not helping as well as you would like, maybe you should consider adding more fish to your diet and taking fish oil supplements, as well. Yet, be advised that pregnant women should avoid fish oil capsules just as they would cold water fish. The reason is that fish oil capsules also contains mercury which is toxic to an unborn baby. For a natural alternative, take fish oil for athritis pain relief.
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If you would like to read some studies that have been conducted on fish oil and the relief it gave to arthritis patients, you may be interested first in a study that was conducted in Leuven, Belgium. The link to this study can be found at: www.cis9.com/fishoil.html. This was a year long study that involved sixty patients and found within three months of the study that those who were taking the fish oil supplements were finding relief from their arthritis. You can also read about many blind studies that have been performed using fish oil supplements for relief from arthritis pain at: findarticles.com.