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Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) Acts as an Anti-inflammatory Alternative to NSAIDS

Over a three-month period, 250 patients with back or neck pain took 1200 mg a day of fish oil supplements. Fifty-nine percent discontinued their prescription NSAID medications for pain. Sixty percent stated their overall pain was improved and 60% stated their joint pain had improved. No significant side effects were reported. These results support the findings of other controlled studies that found omega-3 fatty acids to be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing arthritic pain, with fewer risks of complications and side effects. Maroon JC, Bost JW. Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain. Surg Neurol, 2006 Apr;65(4):326-31.



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