Sunday, 9 September 2007

Arthritis And Omega 3

Recent research has shown that the consumption of Omega 3 which is contained in large quantities in fish such as herring, salmon mackerel, sardines and trout is a great aid to arthritis sufferers. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.

So, if your diet is lacking in Omega 3 you may suffer from decreased memory and mental abilities, tingling sensation of the nerves, poor vision, increased tendency to form blood clots, diminished immune function, increased triglycerides and "bad" cholesterol (LDL) levels, impaired membrane function, hypertension, irregular heart beat, learning disorders, menopausal discomfort, itchiness on the front of the lower leg(s), and growth retardation in infants, children, and pregnant women.

That is quite a list! By consuming more Omega3 fish oils, you will not only increase your overall health but are less likely to suffer from arthritis pain as these oils are capable of reducing the inflammation and swelling often associated with this condition.

One word of warning is that as these species are at the top of the food chain, they are quite likely to contain toxic substances. You can’t win, can you ? To overcome this problem many people buy and use fish oil supplements. When buying these, you should check that the label says ‘molecularly distilled’ – this means that they are free of mercury. Walnut, soybean and wheat germ oil also are high in omega-3 and can be used for food and cooking or as supplements.

If you would like to know more about a natural cure for arthritis,and the role of Omega 3 in a healthy diet, you will find the following site helpful and full of good advice.

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