#Fish Consumption Could Reduce Rheumatoid #Arthritis Symptoms

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A recent study has found out that eating fish two or more times every week could help in lowering diseases activity in patients sundering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Reports state that various randomised controlled trials have revealed that dietary supplements which have fish oil in them improved tender joint counters and increased remission rates in patients who had RA. The findings of the new study has shown that similar results could be achieved by including fish in one’s regular diet.

Commenting on the findings, the authors of the report wrote in the journal stating, “Our observed difference in [28-joint disease activity score with C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP)] of 0.49 between the highest and lowest categories of fish consumption is approximately one-third the magnitude of previously reported pre- and post-treatment differences in DAS28 among methotrexate users.”

According to Sara K. Tedeschi, MD, MPH, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, Massachusetts, and her colleagues, fish consumption benefits a person due to its anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids which are generally present in seafood.

In order to reach the conclusion of their analysis, the researchers used the data from 176 participants in the Evaluation Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease and Predictors of Events in RA (ESCAPE-RA) cohort study.

Out of the participants, all those patients who had a prior cardiovascular event or those who weighed than more than 300 pounds were excluded. The rest of the participants analysed in the study had a median DAS28-CRP of 3.5, indicating moderate RA disease activity.

The researchers then assessed the frequency of fish consumption of the participants through a questionnaire which queried about their diet in the past year. read more…

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