Could eating more fish be the answer to cure aches and pains associated with arthritis?
New research shows consuming fish can help reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. RA is a serious inflammatory condition that attacks the joints.
This new research, published in Arthritis Care & Research, studied 176 people and the kinds of food they ate regularly, specifically fish.
They divided them into four separate groups depending on the frequency they had fish– from less than one serving a month to more than two servings per week.
Participants were then asked to rate the severity of their symptoms– achiness, swelling, tightness/stiffness–with a disease activity score. Results showed that the average disease activity score declined with each participant who increased their fish intake.
The high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish has proven to alleviate symptoms of a number of medical conditions, and now RA may be one of them.
At Texas Orthopedics, we encourage a healthy diet and exercise as a first line of defense in treating RA, so if you fancy fish, then eat up!
The U.S.D.A. (U.S. Department of Agriculture) recommends at least two servings of seafood weekly for adults. Some of the most healthful options to consider are salmon, cod, herring, mackerel, trout, sardines, and oysters.
If you suffer from RA, and have questions about your condition, please contact us for an appointment.