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Can Fish Oil Reduce My Knee Pain?

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 04:54 PM

Question: I just had knee surgery and my orthopedist said I should take fish oil supplements to help me in my recovery (but also said most doctors don't recommend it). I tried to look for information about this online, but couldn't find much about fish oil and arthritis. Is there a benefit to taking the pills or not?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Fish oil supplements are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats play an essential role in maintenance of healthy tissue, including joint tissue. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation when taken regularly and trials in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis have found improvements in people with morning stiffness and joint discomfort who regularly take fish oil supplements for up to three months.
 
Any supplement use should be coordinated with your primary physician. I am a strong believer in the benefits of fish oil supplementation. Remember to be careful to choose sources that are free of PCBs, mercury and pesticides. You might also ask your doctor about using prescription Lovaza, which is a toxin-free federally regulated source of encapsulated fish oil without the fishy aftertaste you will sometimes find with over-the-counter supplements. Usual doses are 1 to 4 grams a day for cardiac protection and joint health.
 
Although omega-3 fatty acids are found in canola and soybean oil and are plentiful in walnuts, I favor omega-3 supplementation from cold-water fish sources such as salmon or tuna.

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