. Fish oil is a convenient and effective supplement to fish
. High in Omega 3 fatty acids and helps to lower cholesterol
. Cod liver oil is a similar product and also beneficial
Fish oil is a supplement derived from fish and provides many of the benefits as the real thing. The main reason that people often turn to fish oil is because they haven’t got the time or the inclination to sit down and prepare two servings of fish per week, as the experts advise, and this has become a quick and easy alternative.
It’s certainly not a bad thing as most agree that it is a very useful alternative. You get a lot of the same benefits that you would by eating regular fish. As we talked about in the other article, the benefits to the brain and the heart remain present and there is certainly evidence to suggest that fish oil helps to lower cholesterol and strengthen brain matter.
But fish oil can also play a part in the management of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Australia ‘Certain types of omega-3 fats can reduce inflammation from arthritis. This may help to relieve joint pain and stiffness in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Omega-3 fats have not been studied in all forms of arthritis. Current research suggests omega-3 fats are helpful for people with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. There is also some evidence that fish oils may help control symptoms of osteoarthritis and lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus).’
The reason for that, as this study suggests, is because ‘Marine oil is thought to have an analgesic effect in arthritis as a likely consequence of its high content of docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. Arachidonic acid, as well as DHA and EPA, are used in the production of lipid mediators (e.g., eicosanoids), which are involved (among other functions) in the regulation of inflammation. Thus, supplementation with EPA- and DHA-rich oil could exert an anti-inflammatory effect, making it a possible treatment for arthritis pain.’
This study also reiterates that fish oil can be a valuable tool for those looking for relief from arthritis: ‘Patients taking dietary supplements of fish oil exhibit improvements in clinical parameters of disease activity from baseline, including the number of tender joints, and these improvements are associated with significant decreases in levels of IL-1 beta from baseline.’
A derivative of fish oil is cod liver oil which provides similar benefits. They are similar but slightly different products. Both are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, the backbone of their nutritional value, which makes them valuable in the fight against arthritis because of the anti-inflammatory effect, but cod liver oil is also filled with Vitamin A which helps preserve your eyesight and is useful in the battle against cancer. Either because of time or inclination, whether you choose fish oil or cod liver oil as a supplement to fish there are certainly many nutritional benefits that can be had not just in the fight against arthritis but also in terms of your general health which makes both products a very valuable compliment to your diet.
Arthritis Australia: Fish Oils
NCBI: Marine oil supplements for arthritis pain: A systematic review and meta analysis of randomized trials
NCBI: The role of fish oils in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis