Can This One Supplement Ease the Pain of Osteoarthritis?

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There are plant based sources of omega-3 such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds but your body has a more difficult time absorbing these than it does from animal based sources.

When it comes to choosing your omega-3 options you have 3 choices: fish, fish oil, or krill oil.

Although fish oil is the norm it is low in antioxidants. Fish oil becomes rancid quickly so it becomes oxidized easily. Oxidation in the body leads to free radicals, which lead to premature aging, chronic diseases, even cancer. In order to fight free radicals, your body needs antioxidants. So, to be sure that fish oil does not become rancid inside your body and create free radicals, you need to consume antioxidants to counteract the fish oil, in addition to the ones you need for a healthy body.

This is why krill oil is the preferred means of getting omega-3. Krill oil has phospholipids that improve DHA and EPA absorption. It also contains a powerful antioxidant (astaxanthin). It is bound to the omega-3 and therefore keeps oxidation from every happening. Unfortunately, many of the bottles of fish oil you buy have already oxidized, before you ever consume them .Krill oil is almost 48 times more powerful than fish oil, and contains vitamin A, E, and D, something regular fish oil does not.  Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to the loss of cartilage in the knees and this is one of the markers of osteoarthritis. The absorption rate for krill oil is much better than fish oil, also. Research shows as much as 25 to 50 percent better absorption rates when compared to fish oil.

Krill is also more environmentally friendly and is completely sustainable. Krill is the largest biomass on the planet and krill harvesting is strictly regulated.

Avoid those dangerous non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).  These types of drugs kill more than 30,000 people every year due to their side effects, such as bleeding ulcers. Try taking fish oil or krill oil, combined with a glucosamine chondroitin supplement. It’s completely natural and numerous studies show that these supplements can relieve the pain, and perhaps prevent arthritis.

Note: If you have a bleeding disorder or bruise easily, or if you are on blood thinners, you should talk to your doctor first before you start taking fish oil supplements.


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