Many studies with fish oil have been done on people with rheumatoid arthritis and the results have been very positive. For aggressive treatment using fish oil, take 6,000 mg daily. Some people need doses that are even higher, so talk to your health practitioner about the optimum dose if have rheumatoid arthritis.
If the fish oil is effective in lessening stiffness and pain, there’s a pretty good possibility you’ll be able to reduce the dosages of pharmaceuticals. Drug therapy for rheumatoid arthritis concentrates on prednisone, methotrexate (also used for chemotheraphy) and anti-flammatory medication all of which can have serious toxicity when used on a long-term basis. With fish oil, in contrast, there’s no toxicity, so it’s a much more benign treatment than the classic pharmaceuticals. One study discovered that many patients were able to go off their anti-inflammatory drugs while supplementing fish oil and experienced no relapse in the in their rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists found out that the fish oil had a balancing effect on the entire immune system.
And a new research in the Journal of Biological Chemistry indicated that fish oil reduces the body’s formation of chemicals called prostanoids, which in excess can promote inflammation.