Fish Oil for Arthritis
“New research from England suggests that fish oil may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis – the “wear and tear” version of arthritis that often is an unwelcome feature of getting older. In fact, based on their study in guinea pigs, the investigators from Britain’s University of Bristol say that fish oil may help to prevent arthritis from occurring in the first place…
My take? We’ve known for some time that eating oily fleshed, cold water fish such as salmon or sardines two to three times a week or taking fish oil supplements (two grams daily of a brand that contains both EPA and DHA) helps reduce the inflammation that damages tissues and makes osteoarthritis so painful.
Daily fish oil has also been studied for its benefits in those with high cholesterol, diabetes, symptoms of PMS, coronary artery disease, breast cancer, memory loss, depression, insulin resistance and rheumatoid arthritis.”
So having read Dr. Weil’s work for decades (back when he was in the jungle taking hallucinogens) I do also know from his writings that the quality of fish oil is very important. Sadly, fish are very vulnerable to our habits of waste and pollution. The last thing you want is to add more toxins when dealing with inflammatory or other sensitive conditions. (Really, in any case, but particularly if you are already suffering).
Vitamins and supplements are not regulated well and since health trends have caught on, there are a lot of companies (including pharmaceutical ones) trying to cash in. Sadly, inferior products that could harm are being sold to ready consumers. There are in fact, lawsuits over the sale of toxic fish oil.
Please don’t just jump on the bandwagon and get whatever is “hot” for health. And really, don’t scrimp on quality ingredients. The reason most people need supplements in this day and age is because our food is so depleted and chemically altered or coated. Don’t take vitamins that are rampantly bargain or suspect. It’s hard to find a clean fish today and really hard to process the oil and not make a toxic stew.
The alarming fact is that foods – fruits, vegetables and grains – now
being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains
enough of certain needed nutrients,are starving us — no
matter how much we eat of them.
U S Senate Document 264 1936
Human Health, the Nutritional Quality of Harvested Food
and Sustainable Farming Systems
by John B. Marler and Jeanne R. Wallin
Just remember, supplements are made from the same things as the foods that are depleted and polluted unless someone goes to a lot of effort and cares about quality over am quick buck. I would like to meet more of those someone’s...