Omega-3 fatty acids may be good for joint health
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been known to offer a host of benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. A recent study suggests that the nutrient may also reduce signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, SeniorJournal.com reports.
The research was conducted at the University of Bristol in the UK and found that guinea pigs that were fed diets rich in omega-3 were 50 percent less likely to develop osteoarthritis than those that were fed a normal diet. Scientists also found that it reduced early signs of the condition such as degradation of cartilage.
"Furthermore, there was strong evidence that omega-3 influences the biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps prevent disease, but also slows its progression, potentially controlling established osteoarthritis," lead researcher Dr. John Tarlton told the website.
The benefits of the nutrient stem from the fact that it encourages the production of certain chemicals that are important in controlling inflammation at different places in the body including joints, tissues and the bloodstream, according to WebMD.
There are a number of ways for you to get omega-3 fatty acids, including eating walnuts, certain fruits and vegetables and fish such as mackerel, sturgeon and anchovies.
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