Is cod liver oil helpful for painful hands & joints?

We don't know. There are no good scientific studies regarding the benefits or harm of cod liver oil for painful hands and joints.
Unclear. Depends on the cause of your joint pains. Some studies suggest that cod liver oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune joint disease). The studies on osteoarthritis (wear and tear joint disease) seem less conclusive. All in all more research needs to be done.

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Have been advised to start taking glucosamine and cod liver oil, for stiff joint pain?

No evidence...... There is no evidence that combo will help you with stiff joint pain. Sorry. Read more...
Gluc/chr good. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. Not so sure the cod liver oil will help much, but couldn't hurt . Read more...