Fish oil slashes need for dangerous painkillers

Relief from rheumatoid arthritis with no harmful side effects. New trials show Cod Liver Oil can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory drugs without loss of pain-relief

The results of a five-year study show that Cod Liver Oil can reduce the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs taken by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients by over 30%. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin, are heavily prescribed to relieve pain for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, fears are growing among consumers about the dangers of long-term use, with reported side-effects including stomach bleeding, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attacks.

The study was conducted by investigators from Rheumatology units at Dundee and Edinburgh Universities. RA patients were recruited over a 5 year period and randomly assigned to two treatment groups: Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil 10g/day, or a control group provided with a dummy pill. Results showed that by taking Cod Liver Oil daily, nearly 40% of patients were able to reduce their anti-inflammatory intake by over 30%. Most importantly, this study showed that the reduction in intake of anti-inflammatory drugs in those taking the Cod Liver Oil supplements was not associated with any worsening of pain or disease activity. Cod Liver Oil is one of nature’s richest sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.