Cod Liver Oil Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

March 26, 2008 by  
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I have been on fish oil supplementation since (I think) the last half of October 2007.

I think I’ve mentioned that here, at least a couple of times. I felt the benefits right away, even before the beach/sand therapy worked on me.

Now, according to a UK study, intake of cod liver oil significantly reduced the amount of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have to take in.

Taking cod liver oil could allow arthritis sufferers to cut back on potentially dangerous drugs, according to a new study.

The research could offer new hope to the about 500,000 people in Britain with rheumatoid arthritis.

Scientists believe it could allow hundreds of thousands of sufferers to scale down their use of anti inflammatory drugs, the most common treatment for the disease.

Although they ease pain, the drugs can cause side-effects such as high blood pressure and can increase the risk of a heart attack.

Because of the risks, doctors have traditionally limited their use and patients are advised to take the drugs only for short periods at a time.

But many sufferers are forced to take the pills on an almost constant basis to cope with the pain of their condition.

Cod liver oil could allow them to cut their use of the drugs by a third, the research shows.

Scientists in Dundee and Edinburgh followed 97 adults with rheumatoid arthritis, half of whom took 10g of high strength cod liver oil every day and half of whom took a placebo.

Read the full report from the UK Telegraph.

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