New research claims that omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis affects millions of Americans. The disorder usually affects the large joints of the body and is caused when the cartilage in the joints wears away. Eventually the underlying bones become thick, leading to stiffness and pain.
The cost in terms of disability from osteoarthritis is in the billions of dollars. So far, no treatment has been shown to prevent or delay the progression of the disease. The majority of treatments today only focus on pain control.
This latest research done at the University of Bristol shows that when omega-3 fatty acids are fed to guinea pigs, which are naturally prone to developing osteoarthritis, the incidence was reduced by 50 percent compared to a standard diet. The research confirms anecdotal reports and the "old wives" tales about the benefits of cod liver oil for joint disease.