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Arthritis is an inflammatory disease which can be treated naturally with essential fatty acids like omega 3 which the body cannot manufacture on it’s own and of which wild oily fish is the superior source.
A daily supplement of cod liver oil can ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and reduce the need for drugs, a new study suggests.
The study, by researchers at Dundee University in Scotland showed that taking 10g of cod liver oil a day can reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by 30%. Many patients with RA take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. However, high doses have been linked to adverse side-effects such as increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and stomach bleeding.
Researchers looked at 97 patients with RA who took NSAIDs for their condition. Some were given 10g of cod liver oil daily and others were given a dummy pill. After 12 weeks their NSAIDs were gradually reduced.
In the cod liver oil group 39% were able to reduce their daily dose of NSAIDs compared with 10% taking the placebo. This is the third study by researchers in Dundee to show that taking cod liver oil can cut the use of NSAIDs.