Breakthrough Study Finds New Hope For Those Suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis
We are hooked on the health benefits of fish oil for brain and heart health, but making waves on the omega-3 scene is a new source of this nutrient: krill oil. And researchers continue to be impressed.
While fish oil has been researched in conjunction with arthritis, scientists are now taking a closer look at krill oil. A recent study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that krill oil may be a powerful and beneficial supplement for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Omega 3 fatty acids have known anti-inflammatory properties and can be found in a foods like walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish as well as krill. Some studies have even found that omega-3s could be a safer alternative to NSAID pain relievers, which is just another reason why we are so interested in this study on omega-3s and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Could krill oil be the key supplement for those suffering from RA?
In this study on mice, researchers found that consumption of krill oil significantly reduced swelling in the paws and lowered arthritis scores. Mice given krill oil also were found to have lower levels of inflammatory cells in the joints than the control mice on a regular diet. Think it was just about the EPA and DHA, the primary fatty acids in omega-3s? Surprisingly, it wasn’t. In this study, the fish oil actually offered higher doses of these brain and heart protecting nutrients, leaving researchers and to believe krill’s influence on RA is more about its ability to hinder the infiltration of inflammatory cells into the joint and synovial layer hyperplasia.
Carlene Thomas RD,LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in weight loss and wellness. She provides nutrition guidance to the public in a variety of ways including corporate wellness, private clients and contributes an expert nutrition voice to a variety of media.