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OsteoarthritisIn osteoarthritis, the cartilage which protects the ends of the bones is gradually worn away, causing pain and inflammation. Over time, both the pain and inflammation can become severe. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help by reducing the amount of pro-inflammatory substances and cartilage-damaging enzymes in the body.
Ankylosing spondylitisHigh-dose omega-3 supplements have also been found to help with the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. This is a chronic inflammatory condition causing pain, stiffness and restriction of the spine.
Rheumatoid arthritisRheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the fluid capsules surrounding joints, causing pain and inflammation. Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids can help normalise the way the immune system functions, and may help prevent and treat a variety of autoimmune disorders.
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Well-oiledIn addition, omega-3 supplements may help keep joints supple. Higher levels of omega-3 in the synovial fluid - the thick, colourless fluid that lubricates our joints - are associated with reductions in joint pain.
Stay strongOmega-3s even appear to strengthen the bones themselves. Scientists believe that EPA - one of the most common forms of omega-3 - works with vitamin D to increase calcium absorption and bone density, protecting against osteoporosis.
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