Fish Oil Alternative to Anti-inflammatory Drugs


Fish oil could be a good alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs study suggests. NSAID medications, though effective at treating pain, can deliver some nasty side effects in some patients. These include some of the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Death (in extreme cases)

The study looks at the role of omega-3 EFAs found in fish oil supplements as a safer option to effectively manage pain relief.  Scientists conducted the study From March to June (2004). Total number of participants was 250. Each of the volunteers had been suffering with neck or back pain. They were asked to take 1200 mg of omega-3 EFAs each day for the duration of the trial. Researchers sent out a questionnaire one month into the study. Of those who stayed with the trial, 60 percent said their overall pain had improved. Another 60 percent said that joint pain in particular had gotten better. Overall, 80 percent of patients were happy with the results. None of the partakers suffered any side effects.

The conclusion from this small study was that supplements seem to offer a safer and equally effective alternative to NSAIDs for the treatment of neck and/or back pain (nonsurgical).

Resource

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16531187

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