A study published in the September, 2011 issue of the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, British researchers report the results of an animal experiment which found that omega-3 fatty acids reduced many of the signs of osteoarthritis. “This study is the first to look at both cartilage and subchondral bone changes with increased dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids,”
They compared the effect of a standard high omega-6 diet containing corn oil vs. a diet enhanced with fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, over a 20 week period after which cartilage, bone and blood factors were examined for signs of the disease.
Among the arthritis-prone animals given omega-3, the majority of disease indicators were reduced in comparison with animals that received diets that did not contain fish oil. “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,”
Most diets in the developed world are lacking in omega-3, with modern diets having up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little omega-3. Taking omega-3 will help redress this imbalance and may positively contribute to a range of other health problems such as heart disease and colitis.
When animals such as cattle, chickens, salmon, etc. are allowed to eat their normal diets such as then their flesh, milk, and eggs have much more omega-3 vs omega-6. But when they are fed a diet of mainly corn, soy, and grains, which are a a very un-natural diet for these animals, then the amount of omega-3 fatty acids drops and the omega-6 greatly increase.
Because of this you should always eat grass fed beef and buffalo and wild caught fish, especially salmon and shrimp.
Here is some disgusting trivia about farm raise salmon. Look carefully at the ingredients or the back of the package and you’ll see that coloring is added to the farm raised salmon to make it pink. It is the krill in the wild that gives the salmon its pink color and it’s high omega-6. Grain fed farm raised salmon are white if they don’t color them. Another clue is if it is advertised as “Atlantic Salmon” That is most often farm raised.
You must also be careful when purchasing fish oil supplements. Most companies use internal organs from larger, older, fish like shark, tuna, etc. These fish have lived a long time and have accumulated a lot of mercury, PCB, and other toxins. Look for a company which uses small fish like minnows and anchovies for the fish oil. These fish have accumulated very little, if any, toxins. The product I use and recommend only uses small fish and then puts it through a double molecular distillation. The end result is a fish oil which is the purest fish oil available and over 99.999999% pure.