As we age, many of us suffer from painful joints. Some of us, due to injuries earlier in life, perhaps from exercise or sports or simply genetics, are faced with painful & swollen joints before others.
As anyone who suffers from this condition knows, it's not something you just want to endure; it will rob you of quality of life.
Current prescription drug remedies may offer pain relief, but they come with a potential host of serious side effects. Indeed, Merck's Vioxx drug, which is classified as a COX-2 inhibitor, has been implicated in thousands of deaths and was temporarily pulled off the market.
Thousands of lawsuits are pending.
Other COX-2 inhibitors from other pharmaceutical companies come with their own set of risks.
Even though nobody wants to suffer from stiff and painful joints, not many people are willing to put their very lives at risk to alleviate the pain.
This is precisely why more and more people are searching out natural alternatives that show promise in mitigating painful & swollen joints.
But are there really such remedies?
The answer is a resounding yes!
You may not be aware of it, but omega 3 fatty acids-the ones you hear about all the time in the media that can help improve brain and cardiovascular health-can also help reduce stiff and painful joints.
This is because a lot of such pain is the result of inflammation. . . and omega 3 fatty acids are natural anti-inflammatories.
Indeed, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center's webste: “Overall, omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce tender joint counts in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and may reduce requirements for corticosteroids. "
The website goes on to reveal:
"Similarly, New Zealand green lipped mussel ( Perna canaliculus ), another potential source of omega-3 fatty acids, has been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain, increase grip strength, and enhance walking pace in a small group of people with osteoarthritis. "
Information on these quotes can be found at: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm
What's important here is that there are natural alternatives that can help lessen the agony of stiff and painful joints.
What's more: these natural alternatives may not only give you relief; but actually improve your overall health at the same time, unlike pharmaceutical COX-2 inhibitors. Omega 3 fatty acids have been extensively researched. . . . they are classified as “essential".
This means they are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body itself. Which is just another way of saying that the only way to get your omega 3 fatty acids is from foods you eat.
However, the sad reality is that most Westerners now are greatly deficient in omega 3 fatty acids. This is because the foods we eat do not contain enough of it.
Once upon a time, foods we ate such as beef, chicken, and the like were rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This is because these animals used to be free range, and ate grass. But now these animals are grainfed, which fattens them up quickly, leading to more profits to the meat producing industry. However, the consequence is that they have a great deal less omega 3 fatty acids.
If you only buy grassfed beef, free range, grain free chicken, and omega 3 eggs, while eating only wild fish from a pristine, non contaminated water source, you may be one of the rare people in the Western world who gets enough omega 3 fatty acids for good health.
If you aren't one of these rare people, and you suffer from stiff and painful joints, then you should consider taking a purified fish oil supplement combined with New Zealand green lipped mussel, which are both high in omega 3 fatty acids and pain relieving anti-inflammatories.
Dan Ho is editor of http://www.omega-3-fish-oil-guide.com/Fish_oil_arthritis.html . Visit us now for advice on choosing a fish oil and New Zealand green lipped mussel supplement rich in omega 3 fatty acids.