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Fish Oil for RA: Treat to Target?

Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis receiving "triple therapy" with conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) were less likely to respond inadequately when given supplementary fish oil, Australian researchers found. After a year of treatment, 10.5% of patients receiving fish oil were considered treatment failures, compared with 32.1% of those not receiving the supplement, according to Susanna M.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

High-dose fish oil works because it reduces TNF levels.  This was shown more than 25 years ago at Harvard Medical School.  However, compliance remains the key with giving the large liquid amounts of fish oil necessary to reduce TNF.  This is why the need for highly refined, great-tasting fish oil that is easy to consume on a lifetime basis is a critical need.

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