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Aspirin + fish oil = less arthritis pain!

by , 27 February 2013

If you suffer from arthritis pain, your nutritionist has likely already recommended that you add a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. But are you also taking aspirin? Here's how adding aspirin to the omega-3 fatty acids you get from fatty fish or fish oil supplements helps relieve arthritis pain!

You’ve probably heard by now that omega 3 fatty acids, found in oily fish and fish oil supplements, are a great way to protect yourself from arthritis
 
But are you adding aspirin to the mix?
 
New research has found that a combination of fish oil and aspirin could be the key to beating a host of devastating chronic diseases like arthritis, says CounselHeal
 
Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston found that the two work together to combat the inflammation responsible for arthritis.
 
How does aspirin help omega-3 fatty acids relieve arthritis pain?
 
Aspirin is thought to trigger the production of molecules called resolvins, which are made naturally by the body from omega-3 fatty acids.
 
These resolvins “resolve” the inflammation behind arthritis pain, IOL reports.
 
But that’s not the only health benefit of adding omega-3 and aspirin to your diet…
 
Aspirin and omega-3 also protect against heart disease!
 
According to Dr Wright of Health Bytes, aspirin and fish oil also reduce inflammation in your cardiovascular system, helping prevent heart disease.
 
Aspirin does this by interfering with the clotting process. 
 
Omega-3 or fish oil does so by doing a ‘lube job’ on your platelets, so they can't stick together abnormally.
 
It’s easy to add aspirin to your diet (one a day should be the limit though).
 
But are you getting enough omega-3 fatty acids?
 
Dr Wright recommends at least one tablespoon of fish oil every day and, if your risk of heart disease is elevated, one tablespoon twice daily. 
 
So put that cod liver oil in your cupboard to good use!

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