2 Servings of Fish a Week Promotes Pain Relief from Arthritis

By Rebecca Lewis on June 23, 2017

Eating fish at least twice a weak can be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, according to new research. 

In previous studies, it was held that taking fish oil supplements can help relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. Now, scientists try to find out whether there will be the same benefits when whole fish is eaten.   

And it seems like there is. The new study, carried out by Arthritis Care and Research, suggests that fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. 

‘Fish consumption has been noted to have many beneficial health effects, and our findings may give patients with rheumatoid arthritis a strong reason to increase fish consumption.’ says Dr Sara Tedeschi, lead author of the study. 

In the study, 176 people suffering from arthritis were surveyed on how often they ate fish over the past year and how big the portion was. Fish with higher Omega 3 oil content were selected. The fish were tuna, salmon, sardines, raw fish such as sashimi or sushi, and grilled, steamed baked trout, sole, halibut, grouper and poke. Fried fish were not included in the study as frying reduces the omega-3 in the fish, according to the researchers. 

They found that those who eat fish more often have lower inflammation levels than those who never ate it.  

More health benefits 

The latest study adds to the growing body of research that talks about the many health benefits of fish consumption. Eating fish has been linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and was found to help ease the symptoms of depression. Interestingly, many observational studies have shown that people who eat more fish have slower rates of cognitive decline. Fish is the best dietary source of Vitamin D, which is essential in many different processes in the body. Fish consumption is also linked to lower risk of autoimmune disease and type 1 diabetes. 

Fish is healthiest when eaten raw (but make sure it’s fresh) or steamed. Frying fish seems to reduce its healthy compounds, particularly the omega-3 fatty acids. 

Source of this article:

11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Eating Fish

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