Omega-3 helps reduce the inflammation of the connective tissue around the joints, which is the cause of most joint pain. When the inflammation of the joints is long term, an autoimmune function is usually the cause. The body mistakenly thinks that the healthy cartilage is foreign and attemps to get rid of it. Discomfort and swelling results as the body sends white blood cells to repair this healthy tissue.
Some arthritis sufferers have been able to manage their joint pain so effectively with omega-3 that they have actually been able to curtail their reliance on prescription medications!
Studies recently have also shown that these fatty acids can help to alleviate other inflammatory disorders symptoms too. Including osteoarthritis. When laboratory tests were carried out on a number of cartilage cells it was discovered that they omega-3′s were effective at reducing the damagaing activity of the enzymes and inflammation was improved.
A different study evaluated the results through numerous clinical trials and showed the impact of omega-3 essential fatty acids on pain relief from sufferers of rheumatoid artitis in addition to those suffering from joint pain due to inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Fish oil and flax oil are two of the most prevalent sources of concentrated omega-3. Unfortunately there is new research that is suggesting that our bodies do not appropriately absorb supplements and it has been considered that perhaps up to fifty percent of the benefits are not achieved.
Inflammation is the root of the problem when it comes to joint pain. The essential fats in fish are ablie to combat this inflammation and thnat is why they are so popular for this purpose. Specifically it is the DHA fat in the omega 3. Our body turns this into nitric oxide and this is what provides the joint pain relief via the reduction of inflammation. In an article published on Food Consumer over the weekend, Dr. Mercola shares:
But new research indicates there may be a way to significantly boost the benefits of glucosamine – by combining it with omega-3 fats such as fish oil, or my favorite, krill oil.
A diet so heavy in fish to obtain the adequate levels of oil to make an impact, would be difficult to sustain, so most joint pain sufferers turn to supplements instead. Unfortunately there is no officiating body when it comes to regulating the industry and consequently no set standards for manufacturers to meet in their production. Removing pollutants from the fish oil is important, yet expensive, so many producers neglect to do it sufficiently if at all. The supplements that have had the pollutants removed through molecular distillation are a little more costly, but they are worth the additional price.
As I mentioned above, many people are opting to supplement with DHA fish oils, instead of only using aggressive precsription medications that also bring with them undesirable side-effects.
When inflammation in the body is lowered, in addition to treating joint problems, there is a significantly decreased risk of heart attack, stroke and clots developing in the blood.
The best type of oils for joint pain are those that contain a high amount of DHA. This is more desirable than the less effective fatty acid known as EPA, so be aware of the difference as not all manufacturers are current with the most recent research.
The least amount you are looking for is a capsule with 250mg of DHA to be take twice daily. Those with a more severe condtion may take up to 4 daily. As always read the label carefully and consult with your doctor, even when taking herbal supplements.
Interestingly a blend of tuna and hoki oil are the ones with the greatest anti-inflammatory properties. Compared to other concetrated oils, they provide a much higher degree of pain relief, even producing more than twice the benefits.
Joint pain relief with omega-3 is a legitimate way to treat this condition as well as receive a slew of other important benefits as well. Hopefully now you are better prepared to choose the purest fish oil to most effectively reduce your joint pain and limited mobility.