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Omega-3 Supplementation for Inflammatory Joint Pain

About 40% to 60% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine for medical conditions and disease prevention and to promote health and well-being. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been used to treat joint pain associated with inflammation. The researchers analyzed 17 randomized, controlled studies assessing the pain relieving effects of omega-3 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or joint pain secondary to inflammatory bowel disease and menstrual pain. Use of omega-3 for 3-4 months reduced patient-reported joint pain intensity, minutes of morning stiffness, number of painful and/or tender joints, and taking NSAIDs. The results may indicate that omega-3 can be an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain secondary to inflammatory bowel disease and menstrual pain. Goldberg R; Katz J. Adapted from Pain. 2007 May;129(1-2):210-23.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed




   

 

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