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Are omega-3s good for RA?

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Some fats -- especially omega-3 fatty acids -- lower inflammation.

They also cut down on “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides when you use them instead of saturated fats and trans fats. High levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in the blood) put you at risk for heart disease. Since rheumatoid arthritis makes heart disease more likely, you want to take every opportunity to keep your heart healthy.

SOURCES:

Laura Feinblum, MS, RD, CDN, corporate dietitian, Con Edison; private practice, Westchester, NY.

Shawn Talbot, PhD, research director, SupplementWatch.com.

Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR, rheumatologist, The Arthritis Treatment Center, Frederick, MD.

The American Heart Association: "What is the Mediterranean Diet?" 

McKellar, G. , September 2007.  Annals of Rhuematic Disorders

The Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis."

The American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids" and "Fish 101."

Jacob, R. June 2003.  Journal of Nutrition,

Katcher, H. , January 2008.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Selenium."

Linos, A. December 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Beauchamp, G. September 2005. Nature,

Camargo, A. April 2010. BMC Genomics,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Laura Feinblum, MS, RD, CDN, corporate dietitian, Con Edison; private practice, Westchester, NY.

Shawn Talbot, PhD, research director, SupplementWatch.com.

Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR, rheumatologist, The Arthritis Treatment Center, Frederick, MD.

The American Heart Association: "What is the Mediterranean Diet?" 

McKellar, G. , September 2007.  Annals of Rhuematic Disorders

The Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis."

The American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids" and "Fish 101."

Jacob, R. June 2003.  Journal of Nutrition,

Katcher, H. , January 2008.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Selenium."

Linos, A. December 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Beauchamp, G. September 2005. Nature,

Camargo, A. April 2010. BMC Genomics,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 03, 2018

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