Regularly including fish in the diet can reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
Eating fish two or more times each week may help reduce pain and swelling for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study published online in Arthritis Care & Research.
In the study of 172 individuals with RA, those who consumed fish 2 times per week had lower disease activity than those who ate fish less than once per month. As study participants increased the amount of fish they ate weekly, their disease activity score lowered, the observational study found.
“We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
The scientists cannot prove that the fish consumption was solely responsible for the observed benefits, noting that people who regularly eat fish may also be generally healthier with better eating habits.
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