The results of a study conducted at the American College of Rheumatology show that increased intake of fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, can help reduce levels of cytokines, proteins responsible for the inflammation and pain that characterize rheumatoid arthritis.
Lead researcher Jaya Venkatraman says that the results indicate that omega-3 supplementation, such as with OmegaKrill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, may be promising for the relief of arthritic symptoms in some individuals.
“The combination of fish oil, with its omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E appears to help restore the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines,” she explains. “It may delay symptoms and allow a reduction in other medication. People who normally had to take 10 aspirins a day, for example, may be able to take five.”
In the study, scientists examined cytokine levels in two groups of laboratory mice. Mice who were given fish oil showed significantly lower levels than those who did not. The study may potentially open the door for future research into nutritional treatment of common conditions, rather than medicinal.