Omega 3 Fatty Acids Found to Reduce Severity of Osteoarthritis - Study
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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Found to Reduce Severity of Osteoarthritis - Study

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 14 Jul 2014 - 17:35

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A new study conducted by Duke Medicine researchers has revealed how mice who consumed a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids had much healthier joints than those which consumed a diet high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids.

Researchers have found how dietary factors also play a role in osteoarthritis. Obesity was believed to be one of the major risk factors that influence osteoarthritis.

However, to understand other factors besides body weight in the development of this condition, researchers fed the study subjects with supplemental forms of omega 3 fatty acids in addition to a high fat diet. They found that mice which consumed omega 3 fatty acids had much healthier joints than their counterparts.

"While omega 3 fatty acids aren’t reversing the injury, they appear to slow the progression of arthritis in this group of mice," Farshid Guilak, Ph.D., Laszlo Ormandy Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke and the study's senior author, explained. “In fact, omega 3 fatty acids eliminated the detrimental effects of obesity in obese mice."

Corn oil, soybean oil, nuts and seeds, are thought to be a healthier source of Omega 6 fatty acids.

They also found that in mice which consumed omega 3 fatty acids, wounds healed faster. “A great next step would be to do a clinical study to look at effects of omega 3 fatty acids, post-injury,” Guilak added.

The researchers are working toward translating their findings in human beings.

 

Resources:

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases-Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice

Duke Medicine- Dietary fatty acid content regulates wound repair and the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis following joint injury

 

 

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