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Are people taking fish oil for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are people taking fish oil for rheumatoid arthritis?

YES!: Fish oil and flaxseed oil contain 3-omega fatty acids which improve inflammation, make the blood less likely to clot, and inprove certain aspects of metabolic syndrome, including raising good cholesterol (hdl), and lowering triglycerides. Remeber, inflammation in the body increases Insulin resistance. All thes effects are best potentiated with omega-3 intake of 1500mg per day and higher! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Are oysters bad for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Are oysters bad for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

I disagree!: While r aw oysters may carry certain viruses, most are carefully monitored. Cooked oyesters do not have this issue. Oysters contain more zinc than any other food, and zinc is the most important mineral for a strong immune syndrome. It has been shown that zinc helps ra, but several invesitgators, including peter simpkin, md at the university of washington. The 3-omegas help, too! ...Read more

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Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Drug interactions: Even over the counter and herbal medications can interact with other medications you may be taking. Please do not take either of these without discussing the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why are doctors unaware of how supplements work? Like fish oil being an anti inflammatory?

Why are doctors unaware of how supplements work? Like fish oil being an anti inflammatory?

Evidence based: For most doctors to believe a treatment is helpful & not harmful to patients they need to see double blind (both doctor & patient do not know treatment patient is receiving to reduce bias), placebo controlled (remove placebo effect), randomized (all comers assigned treatment by chance) clinical trials with defined proven endpoints for outcomes. Unfortunately most natural remedies dont have these. ...Read more

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Fish oil vs. Flaxseed oil. Are they the same? Take both or just one? I have high cholesterol/blood pressure, obesity & osteoarthritis.

Fish oil vs. Flaxseed oil. Are they the same? Take both or just one? I have high cholesterol/blood pressure, obesity & osteoarthritis.

Not quite.: It is the 3-omega acids which are desirable. Flax seed oil is 50% by weight, 3-0mega fa. Fish oil is 30% by weight. These facts are not appropo for concentrated and pricier versions. Fish oil will have dha, as well as epa. Flax has little dha, but the body will convert the 3-omega to dha. Therefore i recommend to my patients that they save money and their taste buds and do as i do: take flax. ...Read more

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These are the things I am taking, korean red ginseng, multivitamen, fish oil, vitamen c, vegetable protein and loratadine tablets (for allergies). Are these alright together?

These are the things I am taking, korean red ginseng, multivitamen, fish oil, vitamen c, vegetable protein and loratadine tablets (for allergies).  Are these alright together?

Yes: There are no adverse interactions between these things. Make sure you take a high-quality multivit. At least 1/3 of adults can't convert Folic Acid to the active form, l-5-mthf ; anxiety/high BP makes it likely you need a multivit that has the l-5-mthf form. Also most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3 in fall ; winter months to achieve optimal levels- see http://bit.Ly/1ekkvkv ; http://bit.Ly/1dc7vna. ...Read more

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What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Anti inflammatory: There are numerous supplements that can have beneficial, antiinflammatory properties. Omega3is just one example. Rather than a specific supplement, though, I am a fan of the whole food, antiinflammatory diets. The results for many health conditions are well documented and can be pretty amazing. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is taking supplements such as omga-3, fish oil, glucosamine and vitamin C sufficient enough to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis?

Is taking supplements such as omga-3, fish oil, glucosamine and vitamin C sufficient enough to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis?

Absolutely not!: The omega-3s (flax seed oil and fish oil) will help ra. Vitamin c over the mdr has no benefit. Results are mixed with glucosamine. Anti-oxidants such as green tea extraqct, grapeseed extract may also help, but if you truly have ra, you will sustainm progressive joint damage with time, if you are not taking remitting agents! see someone in rheumatology! ...Read more

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What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

What are common meds for rheumatoid arthritis and their positives/negatives?

See details: The answer is much too long to fit in the space provided. If you have RA, discuss the meds with your rheumatologist. If not, Google the topic and read for yourself. ...Read more

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Are japanese garlic tablets effective for arthritis?

Are japanese garlic tablets effective for arthritis?

I know of no-: -literature that supports that claim. Certainly would cause no harm to try it. ...Read more

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Is pure cod liver oil (seven seas) any benefit towards prevention for arthritis? Is it an help to those who already suffer from arthritis too? Thanks

Is pure cod liver oil (seven seas) any benefit towards prevention for arthritis? Is it an help to those who already suffer from arthritis too? Thanks

??: it is basically vit A and D in limited doses it is a supplement but getting too much A is a real possibility as far as arthritis I really do not know BUT I would doubt it having a very sig effect ...Read more

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What are some good excercises for people with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Swimming,walking,bik: Swimming , walking and stationary bike are three exercises which can be done safely and will benefit the patients sport activities if approved by the rhamatologist only. ...Read more

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Are tomatos harmful for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are tomatos harmful for rheumatoid arthritis?

No: Studies have shown that nightshades such as tomatoes will not adversely effect ra. ...Read more

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Which turmeric supplements are the best? Are they ok to take with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD? What about omega 3?

Which turmeric supplements are the best?  Are they ok to take with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD?  What about omega 3?

Here are some ...: Reading the label and third party review will give some insights of being good or bad since these products are not regulated but oftentimes highly commercialized; that is the only possible way to discern. As to using the supplements in facing UCTD, I could not sense any potential contraindication except allergy to individual ingredients. In fact, the studies for specific concerns are lacking. ...Read more

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What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

Works: Methotrexate has become the standard of first choice forra treatment but rarely results in remission, ie no one can tell if you have it including the doctor. The risk is extremely low, although you cannot use alcohol, and is not usually used if ther is preexisting liver disease. Most patients have to add several other disease modifying drugs to get better. ...Read more

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I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

Not really, but why?: Who knows? They may not even be safe by themselves, as you never really know what's in them to begin with. Why are you taking them in the first place. What are you attempting to fix, and how are you going to tell if any of them help -- what criteria are you going to use. They will commonly interact adversely with other supplements and also with prescription meds. Avoid at all costs. ...Read more

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Do fish oil supplements like Omega-3 work for arthritis, and is it safe to take with NSAID's?

Do fish oil supplements like Omega-3 work for arthritis, and is it safe to take with NSAID's?

Good combo: Glucosamine and Omega-3 is a good combo with anti-inflammatory properties. There is no drug interactions between NSAIDs and Omega 3. ...Read more

Fish Oil (Definition)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more