Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent osteoarthritis

Various studies support the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in a person’s diet. To name just a few of their many benefits, they help maintain a healthy blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, encourage cell growth and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Dr. John Tarlton led a group of researchers from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences who have begun to shed light on the role omega-3s play in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis.

The new study published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that guinea pigs with a diet rich in omega-3s were 50 percent less likely to develop osteoarthritis than those whose diets lacked omega-3s.

“Most diets in the developed world are lacking in omega-3, with modern diets having up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little omega-3. Taking omega-3 will help redress this imbalance and may positively contribute to a range of other health problems such as heart disease and colitis,” explained Tarlton. “Furthermore, there was strong evidence that omega-3 influences the biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps prevent disease, but also slows its progression, potentially controlling established osteoarthritis.”

Unfortunately, many people avoid fish in their diets because of the possibility of mercury poison. Vegetarians and others who avoid fish can get omega-3s from flax seeds, but they are nowhere near as potent a source as fish oil.

If, like many Americans, you aren’t getting enough of these essential fatty acids, you should begin adding an omega-3 supplement to your diet. However, before you shop around, know that not all supplements are built the same.

OmegaKrill, available at Dr. Newton’s Naturals, contains three times more omega-3s than your average fish oil supplement. Krill is an extremely concentrated source of these fatty acids, and you can feel good that they are harvested from the safe and clean waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

More research is needed before conclusive evidence is available to prove the efficacy of omega-3s on osteoarthritis, but Dr. Tarlton and his team are optimistic. Either way, no one can deny the important health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

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