Is Fish Oil Good for Arthritis Pain? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Fish oil is good for arthritis because it contains omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which can reduce inflammation, lower triglycerides, prevent blood clots and improve heart and mental health. Because it has anti-inflammatory effects in short.

Arthritis is a condition that affects your joints, which are the parts of your body that allow you to move and bend.

In arthritis, your body inflammates and swells the joints, causing pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion.

This can lead to various health problems, such as disability, depression and poor quality of life.

One of the key factors in managing arthritis is diet.

What you consume can affect your inflammation, which can impact your arthritis symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage arthritis, you should consume omega-3 fatty acids rich foods like oily fish like herring, tuna, anchovies and mackerel and avoid omega-6 fatty acids rich foods like refined vegetable oils like corn, soybean and sunflower oil.

Now, fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important for your health.

People usually eat fish or take fish oil supplements to get enough omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish oil is good for arthritis because it contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are two types of omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation, lower triglycerides, prevent blood clots and improve heart and mental health.

(amount of fish oil can give you 1.2 grams of EPA and 0.6 grams of DHA per 3 ounces of cooked salmon4)

EPA can positively affect arthritis by reducing inflammation and pain in the joints.

DHA can also help maintain brain function and mood, which are important for coping with chronic pain.

Furthermore, fish oil is a dietary supplement and dietary supplements are good for arthritis because they can complement a balanced diet and provide additional nutrients that may be lacking in some people.

Because fish oil has proven benefits for inflammation and joint health, I suggest you limit your intake to no more than 250 milligrams of EPA and DHA per day to minimize the risk of bleeding or interact with other medications.

Also, you shouldn’t take fish oil if you have a history of bleeding disorders or take blood thinners, such as warfarin or aspirin, to prevent excessive bleeding or bruising.

Because these medications can interact with omega-3 fatty acids and increase the risk of bleeding complications.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with arthritis effectively.

I always recommend my arthritis patients to follow an anti-inflammatory diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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