March 31, 2008/Bell Pottinger USA
The results of a five-year study show that Cod Liver Oil can reduce the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs taken by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients by over 30 percent.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin, are heavily prescribed
to relieve pain for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, fears are growing
among consumers about the dangers of long-term use, with reported side-effects
including stomach bleeding, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart
The study1 was conducted by investigators from Rheumatology
units at Dundee and
period and randomly assigned to two treatment groups: Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil
10g/day, or a control group provided with a dummy pill. Results showed that by
taking Cod Liver Oil daily, nearly 40 percent of patients were able to reduce
their anti-inflammatory intake by over 30 percent. Most importantly, this study
showed that the reduction in intake of anti-inflammatory drugs in those taking
the Cod Liver Oil supplements was not associated with any worsening of pain or
Commenting on the study, the principal
investigator Professor Jill Belch at Ninewells
Hospital and Medical School Dundee says, “This study offers hope to many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients for
whom Cod Liver Oil supplements can offer a natural pain management treatment without the harmful side effects
associated with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. It reinforces
previous research that has shown Cod Liver Oil, and its high content of Omega-3
essential fatty acids, to have significant anti-inflammatory properties in
patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.”
Bosworth, CEO and Founder of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society says, "People with
Rheumatoid Arthritis still rely heavily on anti-inflammatories, even
though the safety of these drugs is under scrutiny. It's in this
context that this new research provides some promising new evidence
that Cod Liver Oil may reduce the need
for anti-inflammatories. We look forward to more
research in this area, which will hopefully show further clinical
breakthroughs and provide more good news for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cod Liver Oil is a
rich natural source of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid Omega-3, also
known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Omega-3 is referred to as ‘essential’ as it
cannot be produced by the body and can therefore only be obtained through the
diet. Omega-3 is found almost
exclusively in oily fish. Some Omega-3
nutrients can be found in flaxseed oil, walnuts and dark green vegetables. However, the richest form is found in oily
fish such as mackerel, herring and sardines.
The Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil range provides a product for every need and
taste from Traditional and Once-a-Day formulations for helping maintain
everyday general good health through to High Strength which provides a higher
dose of Omega-3 to help maintain supple and flexible joints.
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Seven Seas invests in the future health of our oceans and excellence of
its products by sourcing cod liver oil from regulated, sustainable fish stocks
of Arctic Fisheries and by using the unique Ocean Gold purification process to
guarantee the finest quality oil.
B. Galarraga, M. Ho, H.M.
Youssef et al. Cod liver oil (n-3 fatty acids) as an NSAID-sparing agent in RA. Rheumatology.