Omega-3 and Osteoarthritis

Research suggests that diets rich in Omega 3 may help symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Doctors have speculated on the cause of osteoarthritis pain, especially in patients who are obese or overweight. Much research centers on the impact of the extra weight on the joints, while other researchers suggest that it is the inflammation that obesity causes in the body that creates problems in the joint. Of course there are also those who suggest that both weight bearing and inflammatory factors play a role.

In recent research doctors found that in obese individuals, omega-3 helped regulate wound healing and osteoarthritis severity.1

Patients with osteoarthritis show progressive destruction of articular cartilage, bone and inflammation. This causes joints pain, impairing joints motion and disability. The results of many studies indicate an inflammation as foundation of this disease.

Many times patients will come in with prescriptions for paracetamol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and chondroprotectives (glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and so on).

NSAIDs long-term use associated with serious adverse effects.

Osteoarthritis symptoms are effectively reduced by nutrients such omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (PUFAs as EPA, DHA), which decrease the need for non-steroidal drugs and may less adverse events. They exerts, particularly EPA, anti-inflammatory effect, inhibit tissue destructions and stimulate healing.

Many studies validate that omega 3 alleviate the progression of osteoarthritis and have exciting therapeutic potential for preventing cartilage degradation associated with chronic inflammatory in joints. 2,3

While most physicians feel that there is no cure for arthritis and that there is not a lot that can be done for this problem, the treatments are primarily focused on reducing the symptoms of painful and aching joints. The most frequent conventional treatments to help control the symptoms of arthritis involve the use of nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications do not stop the progression of arthritis, but simply reduce the symptoms. NSAIDs have been associated with significant side effects such as bleeding in the digestive tract, liver damage, or kidney impairment.

a comprehensive arthritis program aimed at both reducing pain and restoring function

At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, we provide a comprehensive arthritis program aimed at both reducing pain and restoring function. It includes nutritional supplements prescribed to support joint function and individual dietary and lifestyle recommendations made by our physicians. We also specialize in curing arthritis pain using prolotherapy, a treatment which rebuilds ligaments and tendons. The technique has proven approximately 80% effective in curing patients of pain.

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Dr. Allan Magaziner & Dr. Scott Greenberg

1. Wu CL, Jain D, McNeill JN, Little D, Anderson JA, Huebner JL, et al. Dietary fatty acid content regulates wound repair and the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis following joint injury. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Jul 10. pii: annrheumdis-2014-205601. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205601. [Epub ahead of print]

2 Dzielska-Olczak M, Nowak JZ. Antiinflammatory therapy in ostheoarthritis including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2012 May;32(191):329-34.

3.L. Knott, N.C. Avery, A.P. Hollander, J.F. Tarlton. Regulation of osteoarthritis by omega-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids in a naturally occurring model of disease. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2011; 19 (9): 1150 DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2011.06.005