oily fishOily fish (sometimes is referred to as fatty fish) has become a trend in the market of healthy eating a few years ago. Many nutritionists and experts started promoting oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines, herring, cod, haddock, and others as a source of valuable healthy fats which can be found in plenty in this type of fish (up to 15-30 per cent). Those include omega 3 fatty acids known as an excellent natural protection against hypertension, heart disease, heart attack, a stroke, and other serious cardiovascular diseases. Besides, oily fish in a great source of essential vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin D (the latter is usually in deficiency in many modern people). Oily fish is known and highly valued as an amazing natural protection from various brain disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the number of sufferers from which has been drastically increasing lately.

At the same time, quite powerful anti-inflammatory properties of omega 3 fatty acids did not receive proper attention and were not much emphasized by numerous healthy eating style promoters. The findings of the first studies regarding the issue of oily fish being a great protection against arthritis appeared in the late 2000s, and certainly strengthened the cult of omega 3 acids and oily fish as a great healthy eating choice. Omega 3 sourcesAccording to the findings of the most recent study conducted by  a group of Swedish experts, oily fish can be a great support for those who want to reduce their rheumatoid arthritis risk. As the conclusions of the researchers have shown, consuming just two portions of oily fish plus two portions of any other kind of fish a week can be a great solution to reduce rheumatoid arthritis risk almost twice. The report about this interesting study was published earlier this month in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, and also reported by many online media.

The researchers analyzed extended information on about 32,000 Swedish women, and certainly special attention was paid to their daily diet and consuming the sources of Omega 3 fatty acid. It turned out that oily fish consumption is strictly linked to lower chances to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. “We’ve known for some time that there is good evidence that, in people with active arthritis, taking fish oils can reduce the level of inflammation,” the study leader, Prof Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, commented on the findings of his research group. He also underlined that during the study they did not look closely at the effects of omega 3 fatty acids received from dietary supplements. At the same time, he is convinced that using natural sources of this useful substance (like oily fish, seeds, walnuts, cauliflower, cabbage, and many others) is always more beneficial and recommended to everyone.

According to the scientist, by using oily fish we can benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties which are good enough to prevent inflammation in the joints on the early stages of the disease. However, the scientist is concerned about the fact that it can be note easy for some people to obtain high quality oily fish, and maybe this will hit the family budget a little bit. “One of the challenges is that this can mean quite substantial changes in people’s diets,” he said. In any way, an effective protection against rheumatoid arthritis is something really necessary to most of us. It is reported that in modern time’s England more than 580,000 people were diagnosed with this serious disease. Rheumatoid arthritic occurs when the immune system of the patient starts attacking joint cells. As a result, joints become swollen and stiff, and patients feel quite strong chronic pains. In addition to that, very often rheumatoid arthritis is accompanied with cardiovascular problems, respiratory system disprders, skin disorders, kidney problems, poor vision, and other serious health problems.


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