Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Osteoarthritis Risk May Be Linked to Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 Fatty Acid Levels

A recent study found a positive relationship between omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-6) and inflammation associated with arthritis.  In contrast,  the researchers found an inverse association between omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3) and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis (OA). Omega 6 fatty acids result in the formation of arachidonic acid which activates the inflammatory response. In contrast, omega 3 fatty acids activate the anti-inflammatory response. Omega-6's are found for example in vegetable oils, meats and poultry while omega-3's are found in cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines), eggs, flaxseed oil and fish oil.

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can improve osteoarthritis, contact your local naturopathic doctor.

Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND

Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine , incorporating the latest scientific research into effective treatment plans for a wide variety of health concerns.


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