Omega-3 fats relieves neck and back pain

May 3, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Omega-3 fats relieves neck and back pain

According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, supplements of omega-3 fatty acids reduce the incidence of neck and back pain and could potentially eliminate the need for medication.

The most recent study findings published the journal, Surgical Neurology, confirm previous findings that suggest omega-3 fatty acids could reduce and prevent inflammation.

These latest findings were based a study of 125 people with non-surgical spine pain and who were taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Study participants were given a daily supplement of 2400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids for two weeks followed by 1200 mg per dose. After a two week period, participants were asked to stop taking their NSAIDs. One month later a questionnaire was issued to participants to inquiring about joint and spine pain and side effects.

Sixty percent of participants reported their overall level of pain had improved since starting the omega-3 supplements.

Researchers claim the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of omega-3s are well established and based on the conversion of fatty acids to an anti-inflammatory prostaglandin.

While the study was small and had several limitations, the findings are encouraging.

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