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Omega-3 helps ward off rheumatoid arthritis

People who have a predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis and take omega-3 fish oil supplements are less likely to develop the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “RA causes premature death, disability and a lower quality of life in the industrialized and developing world.” It can begin at any age, and it causes fatigue and prolonged stiffness after rest.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints in the body. It usually presents in the lining of the joints (synovial membrane) but can impact other organs. A higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been observed among patients with RA.

Pain, swelling and redness are common joint symptoms, and as the lining of the joint become inflamed, cartilage and even bone become eroded, sometimes causing joint deformity.

The exact causes are unknown, but it is thought to be due to a faulty immune response, in which the body’s immune system causes inflammation in the tissue that helps joints move. Autoantibodies, or immune proteins, are believed to target the body’s tissues and organs mistakenly.

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