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Fish oil is a great tool that Chiropractors use to help with pain.

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:40am

In my Chiropractic office I talk about Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil to my patients who are in pain.  It is an essential fatty acid which cannot be made by the body and which must be supplied through the diet. This compound is essential in our health as it has been well researched to decrease inflammatory processes. As we have discussed in other columns, conditions such as heart disease, arthritis and even cancer have benefited from the intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acid. It will help lower cholesterol and blood pressure which also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Other beneficial actions such as reducing triglyceride levels, helping eczema and psoriasis and arteriosclerosis can also occur. Essential fatty acids are also needed in the treatment of candidiasis and coronary heart disease and to minimize blood clot formation.

There are different sources of Omega 3 Fatty acid fish oil and some are better that others for pain control. Misinformation abounds when it comes to fish oil, such as that created by marketers of “pharmaceutical grade” fish oil, a recent buzzword. Readers should be aware that there is no such thing as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This is a term created by a nutritional supplement supplier. Nutrition companies are notorious for marketing very basic and common supplements as magical elixirs and fish oil may be the most obvious example.

In my chiropractic office I get dozens of flyer from companies that sell fish oil, and many have a unique story. The fact is that only about five companies in the entire world manufacture fish oil supplements. This means that the 1000+ companies buy the same products from the same manufacturers. There may be slight differences among the products made by the 5 manufacturers however they are all very similar. I would suggest not falling for appealing marketing tales about product uniqueness and stories about special resources in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Another way to capture the attention of the public is for a company to advertise about the purity of their product especially that it is a mercury free product. Again, remember that all the companies selling fish oil buy the product from only 5 manufacturers. Also there is no data to support the notion that fish oil supplements are a source of mercury toxicity. In fact, the opposite is true. “A recent sturdy looked at fish oil supplements sold by CVS, Kirkland, Nordic Ultimate, Omega Brite and Sundown. There were no detectable levels of mercury or it was at an insignificant level. To my knowledge, there are no reported cases of mercury toxicity from taking fish oil. There is a greater chance of mercury toxicity from eating fish than from fish oil supplements.

There is a web site which promotes health and wellness by Dr. Joe Mercola: While the newsletter is somewhat commercial, they always seem to have an interesting research article. Recently he has been promoting Krill Oil as a form of Omega 3 fish oil supplementation. The problem with advancing krill oil as the premier oil to supplement with is that there are few studies on animals or humans in regards to its benefit. There are two studies which indicate that Krill Oil is superior to traditional fish oil supplements in regards to premenstrual syndrome and in the treatment of hyperlipidemia. The other problem with promoting Krill Oil is the cost. I have found carrying Krill Oil supplement to be extremely costly especially compared to the other brands of Omega 3. Regardless, taking a form of Omega 3 Fatty Acids will be beneficial to you.

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