Over the last number of years there has been an increase in popularity of fish oil due to its incredible omega-3 fats properties. These healthy fats are a requirement for proper body function and the deficiency in the diet has been called the ‘Sixth Biggest Killer of Americans’. Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fats and while it can be sourced naturally from certain fish, many avoid these due to pollution concerns.
Almost fifty million Americans (one in five adults) suffer from the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. The process involves the damage of the joint cartilage and the lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) that cushions the joints. Those that are diagnosed with arthritis experience joint pain and stiffness as the bones contact each other and there is a reduction of the synovial fluid and cartilage. Without proper attention, the symptoms worsen until there is a reduction in lifestyle quality due to the inability to have normal movement functions.
One of the easiest ways to address osteoarthritis is the addition of animal-based omega-3 fats to the daily diet. There has been continued research to show that the omega-3 fats have the potential to treat and prevent arthritis. An animal study has shown that a diet that includes omega-3 fats reduce a majority of the indicators of the disease. Guinea pigs that were prone to the development of osteoarthritis, including both subchondral and cartilage changes in the bone, showed that there was significant slowing and prevention of the diagnosed arthritic condition, with the addition of omega-3 fats.
There have been many studies published on the topic of the impact of omega-3’s as they are associated with joint health, inflammation and arthritis. The compounds that are produced are called protectins and resolvins and omega-3’s seem to have the ability to reduce inflammation prior to causing too much tissue damage. Additional research that has been published show an incredible effectiveness of animal-based omega-3 fat krill oil in fighting disorders that are inflammation-related, which includes arthritis.
A majority of the Western diet includes far too few omega-3 fats and way too many damaging omega-6 fats, which are found in processed foods and vegetable oils. Where the ideal ratio for the diet should be 1:1, the average American has a ratio closer to 20:1 and possibly even 50:1, with the larger number being the unhealthy omega-6 fats. The reduction of the omega-6 fats should be supplemented with an animal-based omega-3 supplement, however, it is important to note that not all omega-3’s are alike The differences between plant and animal-based omega-3’s is significant as each has a different ratio of the three important fatty acids of omega-3: EPA, ALA and DHA. It is the DHA that plays an important role of necessity for the brain, but EPA is also needed for brain health, but in lowered amounts. Sources of plant-based omega-3’s are found in hemp, flax and chia seeds are high in ALA but have lowered value in DHA and EPA.
Always confer with a primary health provider before making any changes or additions to your dietary and physical daily routines and regiments, including the addition of any supplement.