Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bone and Joint Health

Sufficiency of Omega 3 fatty acids plays an important role in bone and joint health and deficiency of EPA and DHA has been shown to be correlated with increased incidence and severity of both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. (As Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease it is covered in the Immune Health and Autoimmune Illness section)

Osteoporosis occurs when bone resorption (loss) occurs at a greater rate than bone formation. One of the most powerful influences on the rate of bone loss to bone formation is the pro-inflammatory mediator prostaglandin E2. Too much Omega 6 fatty acids and a deficiency of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids induces increased expression of prostaglandin E2 and leads to increased bone loss and decreased bone formation.

Research has shown that taking fish oil such as Omega Sufficiency® on a regular basis can improve calcium absorption and increase bone formation. This is not surprising considering the known regulating effects of EPA and DHA in inflammation related to prostaglandin E2 levels.

Osteoarthritis is literally “inflammation of joints” from wear and tear and improper lubrication of the contact surfaces. As EPA and DHA are required to produce proper joint lubrication and to properly regulate inflammation and pain via the prostaglandin pathways it makes sense that EPA and DHA sufficiency is required for healthy, lubricated, comfortable joints.

Not surprisingly, research on supplementation with EPA and DHA from fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® has shown improvements for people suffering with osteoarthritis.

The evidence regarding the necessity of dietary sufficiency of EPA and DHA for bone and joint health is conclusive. If you want healthy bones and properly lubricated joints you need to ensure the proper dietary intake of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega Sufficiency® provides this for you and your family.

In Your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise


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