Omega-3’s Can Help Reduce Joint Pain

By Norbert Moskovits|2017-11-27T14:14:00-05:00Updated: April 1st, 2011|Health & Wellness, Newsletters|0 Comments

Omega3 can help reduce the pain in your bones and joints

When you got out of bed this morning, did your hips and knees ache? Did your hands feel stiff when you poured your morning coffee? These could be signs of inflammation and the subsequent bone and joint pain that comes along with it.

Unfortunately, diabetes and inflammation with bone and joint pain often go hand in hand. Charcot’s joint (primarily affects the feet), diabetic hand (carpel tunnel), osteoarthritis and frozen shoulder are the most common conditions that are associated with diabetes and joint pain. Most of these problems mentioned above involve some kind of chronic inflammation. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances.

This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory process may stimulate nerves and cause pain. The increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones) and swelling of the joint lining. Factors such as nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), circulation problems, arterial disease and excess weight may contribute to these problems.

A number of studies have concluded that a diet rich in Omega-3’s help reduce symptoms of joint pain and muscle stiffness.

Harvard Medical School conducted 10 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies aimed at determining the effect of fish oil supplementation on 8 measures of arthritis severity including the number of tender joints, number of swollen joints, extent of morning stiffness, grip strength, erythrocyte sedimentation rates, and overall global assessment of disease severity. The studies involved a total of 368 participants who took fish oil supplements for at least three months. The results revealed a highly significant decrease in the number of tender joints and a significant shortening in the duration of morning stiffness among patients supplemented with fish oils.[1]

Omega 3 as an Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation has been reported as being responsible for numerous diseases including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and several others.[2][3] Omega 3 supplementation has been shown to reduce serum levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin 1 (IL-1), which are markers of inflammation.[4][5] DHA supplementation has also been shown to reduce inflammation as measured by decreased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and IL-6, which are markers of inflammation.[6] These studies support that omega 3’s act as strong anti-inflammatory agents.

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NOTE: Consult your doctor first to make sure my recommendations fit your special health needs.

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  2. Zaciragic A, Huskic J, Hadzovic-Dzuvo A, Valjevac A, Avdagic N, Mulabegovic N (November 2007). “Serum C-reactive protein concentration and measures of adiposity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus”. Bosn J Basic Med Sci 7 (4): 322–7. PMID 18039190.
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  4. Caughey, G E; E Mantzioris, R A Gibson, L G Cleland, M J James (1996-01). “The effect on human tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 1 beta production of diets enriched in n-3 fatty acids from vegetable oil or fish oil”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 63 (1): 116-122. ISSN 0002-9165.
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About the Author: Norbert Moskovits

Norbert Moskovits, M.D., FACC, FCCP: Director, Heart Failure Program; Associate Director Of Clinical Cardiology, Maimonides Medical Center. He has been consistantly rated "One of the best physicians in NY," by NY Magazine for several years in a row. He has published many articles in several medical journals and has presented his research at national conferences.

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