Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. Its symptoms often have a big impact on the daily lives of people, and although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are many simple measures that can help anyone manage their symptoms.
In combination with appropriate exercise and other management strategies, you may like to trial a natural supplement to help with the pain and dysfunction.
There are a number of supplements on the market claiming to help those suffering with arthritis. The most common are Fish Oil, Krill Oil, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Rose Hip.
This Blog we will cover Fish Oil and Krill Oil.
Fish Oil contains Omega 3’s which are fats. We normally obtain these naturally from foods, such as oily fish, some nuts and oils. Fish Oil has been shown to help reduce inflammation, which is beneficial in those with inflammatory based arthritis e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis. Research has shown that you need to take between 9 and 14 tablets (containing 1000mg of Fish Oil) or 15ml of liquid fish oil every day to gain the anti-inflammatory effects.
Krill Oil also contains Omega 3's, but is sourced from Krill (small ocean crustaceans). The chemical nature of Krill Oil is different to Fish Oil, which allows it to be more easily digested and absorbed by your body. Krill Oil also has an added nutrients and antioxidants. It has been suggested that 1 Krill Oil tablet has the same benefits as 9-14 fish oil tablets.
As there are many choices on the market it is always best to check with your Pharmacist or Doctor before commencing any of these supplements.
For more information download the attached fact sheets or visit the Arthritis Australia website. If you have any questions please contact our clinic on (02) 4647 3373 for a consultation with one of our friendly staff.
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