Omega 3 Fish Oil
Fish oil (Omega 3) is one of the main supplements to take when suffering from arthritis. This essential fatty acid found in cold water fish is made up mostly of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA is especially important, in dealing with arthritis, because it can help with pain and inflammation in joints.
Medical doctors are recognizing fish oil as an excellent anti-inflammatory and recommending it to their patients. The medical field has even made fish oil into a prescription drug. (Great for their drug companies.) Medical doctors will tell you they have the best fish oil. You will believe this because they have been brain washing us forever now. But, it just isn’t so. Companies like Renew Life, Carlson, and Nordic Naturals (to name three of the best) have products that are just as potent and deliver a very high dose of EPA. Remember, the field of natural medicine has recognized Omega 3 fish oil as an anti-inflammatory long before medical doctors became interested in it. The studies were so overwhelming that even medical doctors couldn’t ignore the role fish oil played in treating arthritis.
My sister had a hip replacement a few years back and started taking glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, which I highly recommended since these supplements help strengthen and repair joint tissue, stimulate synovial fluid production and cut down on inflammation. I also wanted her to start on Omega 3 fish oil. I gave her a bottle of Renew Life’s fish oil. I picked this fish oil for her because it is an enteric coated softgel which means it can survive stomach acid and open up in the intestines. For her this was going to mean no fish burps throughout the day. She liked the product.
When she was done with the bottle I gave her she bought her own fish oil. It was a buy-one-get-one-free deal. I didn’t like it already and asked her to read the label to me. The label read: Total Omega 3 fatty acids 300mg (including DHA/EPA). Well, duh, but how much DHA and EPA? They had left out the most important fact. This tells me there is so little DHA and EPA that it’s not worth mentioning on the bottle. I told my sister she just wasted her money and that it was always important to know how much of each component there is in a product. If I need help in brain function I would need a higher DHA. If I have a cardiovascular problem or joint pain I am interested in a high EPA. If these facts aren’t listed how do I know what I’m getting for my money, if anything at all.
There are some precautions. Fish oil thins the blood so if you are on any blood thinning drugs this may not be the match for you. Go in and talk to your health care professional at your health food store. You are going to be so glad you did.