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Cod Liver Oil and Arthritis
 
Cod Liver Oil | Essential Fatty Acids | EFA | Fish | DietThe effects of Cod Liver Oil on arthritis, both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis - the two main types of disease, have been heavily researched and Cod Liver Oil has been proved to help damaged and inflamed joints on several levels.

Diets that are low in saturated fats or high in essential fatty acids have been shown to benefit arthritis, because the body uses essential fatty acids to make chemicals (prostaglandins) which are less inflammatory that those made from the usual dietary fats (leukotrienes). By supplying the body with the raw materials for maintaining less aggressive inflammatory activity Cod Liver Oil can reduce the discomfort of arthritis.

Cod Liver Oil also contains Vitamin D, alack of which can cause aches and pains similar to arthritic pains. Cod Liver Oil on its own cannot undo the damage of arthritis but, combined with gentle exercise and a diet modified to be high in polyunsaturates and low in saturated fats, it can have very positive results.



Arthritis Diet and Arthritis Self-Help

- Eat a low fat diet, high in wholegrains, fibre and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Reduce your salt and alcohol intake as these can cause high blood pressure. Also reduce the amount of red meat, full fat milk and refined sugars in your diet.

- Calcium is important for healthy bones, especially for people with rheumatoid arthritis who are taking high doses of steroids. Skimmed milk, yoghurt and dark green vegetables should provide adequate calcium. If necessary you can take calcium supplements.

- Selenium is also important as it is an antioxidant that works well with Vitamin E to protect the body from disease. It also boosts the immune system.

- Try to keep your weight down, especially if you have arthritis in your hips or legs.

- Regular gentle exercise such as walking, swimming and dancing helps to strenghten the joints and muscles, protecting them from further degeneration.

- Take your daily measure of Cod Liver Oil, either in traditional liquid form mixed wioth orange juice or milk, or as capsules.


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