Arthritis is yet one more malady brought on by the curse of inflammation, in this case, inflammation of the joints. As we have explained elsewhere on WellWise, inflammation is thought by many to be the basis of all disease. Inflammation, and arthritis, happen when we have too many omega-6s in our system and not enough omega-3s (EPA/DHA), such as those found in fish oil, krill oil and algal oil.
Both fatty acids are necessary for health, but when when we eat processed or fast foods as much as we do in Western society, the scales are tipped in our body, causing a cascading effect of inlammation. In effect, the omega-6s drown out the signals from the omega-3s.
Canadian scientists in 2007 evaluated the effect of a daily dose of 300mg krill oil for a mere seven to 14 days on 90 patients with symptoms of arthritis and chronic inflammation. Patients reported significant reductions in pain (28.9 percent), stiffness (20.3 percent) and functional impairment (22.8 percent), using a scale developed by Western Ontario and McMaster Universities known as the WOMAC scale.1
Another study used mice that were induced into arthritis by injecting them with collagen. Mice that were subsequently fed on krill oil showed significantly reduced swelling in their hind paws, and lower infiltration of inflammatory cells into the joints.2
Further research is underway. Norwegian biotechnology company and krill oil supplier Aker BioMarine (makers of Superba krill oil, the krill oil found in the brand Mega Red krill oil) are undertaking numerous studies to measer the effect of krill oil on everything from eye health to weight control.
1. Deutsch L; Evaluation of the Effect of Neptune Krill Oil on Chronic Inflammation and Arthritic Symptoms; Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 26, No. 1, 39-48 (2007 Apr).
2. Biomed Central Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2010, 11-136
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