Fish Oil & Pain Relief

Fish oil can be a great resource for those with chronic pain to reduce the inflammatory process, thereby reducing pain. Omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and krill, as well as some plants and nuts) play an important role in neurological function. “Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function” (Omega-3 fatty acids | University of Maryland Medical Center It is important to try to balance your intake of omega fatty acids according to what type they are. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation, and the majority of omega-6 fatty acids can to promote inflammation. Many studies show a Mediterranean diet provides this proper balance, with more omega-3s and less omega-6s.

“Fish oil can [also] ease the inflammation and pain caused by many chronic conditions. The dose used in the most convincing research is 2 to 4 grams of DHA + EPA daily (read labels carefully!). Although beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are available from other sources, experts say that fish oil has the best evidence…they help with headaches, back pain, some nerve pain, and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.” (