Fish Oil and Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) for Arthritis Treatment

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An evening primrose flower.An evening primrose flower. Evening primrose oil (EPO) is good for arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of autoimmune diseases, where body immune system attacks normal cells in joints and sometimes also other parts of the body. Comparatively, it is more frequently experienced by women compared to men.

Several studies conclude that fish oil supplement should be considered as part of therapy for arthritis.

Omega-3 fatty acid also blocks aggrecanases enzyme activity which breaks cartilage of joints. Arthritis sufferers have abnormal fatty acid profile and lack of some essential fatty acids.

As body cannot produce essential fatty acid, then we have to get it through diet and supplement intake.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) which comprises of omega-6 and omega-3 are important nutrients and anti-inflammation agents.

The ability of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in reducing the inflammatory reaction is the primary mechanism to reduce various symptoms of arthritis.

Research has proven that fish oil and evening primrose oil (EPO) combination can relieve the morning joint stress and swollen joint effectively.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid s with a balanced ratio of 4:1 is good to arthritis patient. Dr Joseph Pepping from Honolulu, Hawaii explained that 4:1 balance would be vital because excessive omega-6 can lead to blood clotting, allergy and inflammation problem.

Study published in The Lancet medical journal proposed that joint declination related to arthritis can be slow down by taking supplements.

It explains why supplements such as the combination of evening primrose oil (EPO) and fish oil in 4:1 ratio is beneficial to treat arthritis.

Apart for RA, studies also supported these fatty acids intake for health of heart. Fish oil is also good to reduce blood pressure and triglyceride level and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.

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