If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, you know how painful the joints are and how the tissue swells around them. Did you know that it also affects some of the other organs? Your skin, lungs and heart are all affected by this progressive disease. If you are a woman, you are more at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Men don’t seem to have quite as high of a risk. As the disease progresses, the joints become deformed and cartilage deteriorates. The bones can begin to wear away.
Starting treatment as soon as possible is the best bet for this disease. It can slow down the disease and possibly lower the risk of having heart problems. It is possible for someone with rheumatoid arthritis to die young from heart problems.
Not many of us will be spared the diagnosis of having some form of arthritis as we age. Some develop it an early age, but it is mainly a disease of the older generation. It is estimated that one in five adults living in the U.S. Have been told they have some form of arthritis.
If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis in general, it is possible to relieve some of your pain and stiffness by adding omega 3 to your diet. Omega 3 is known to reduce the swelling of tissues and has no side effects.
Patients who added Omega 3 fatty acids either by supplements or dietary changes were possibly able eventually take lower doses of their medicines. This was with the advice of their doctor. Not a decision they made on their own.
Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids are fish oil, flax seed oil, walnuts, salmon and soybean oil. You can also take supplements that come both in easy to take capsules and soft gels.
Even if you don’t yet suffer from any type of arthritis, it may be a good idea to start getting enough omega 3 in your diet to prevent it. If you have a family member that suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, it may be a very good idea to start taking the omega 3 now. Maybe you could stop the disease from ever happening to you.
As always if taking any prescribed medicines, and if you are under a doctors care, be sure to consult with them before adding any thing like omega 3 to your diet.