A potentially ground breaking new piece of research has speculated that a combination of fish oil and aspirin could be the most efficient way of combating the often crippling affects of arthritis.
The conclusion was arrived at by medical experts from Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which holds close ties with the prestigious university, after the researchers carried out extensive research into how the chronic bodily inflammation which causes several serious diseases and other conditions, with arthritis among the most common, could best be combated.
Whilst those behind the study acknowledged that both the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and the drug aspirin are already known to have a limiting effect on inflammation, which can also be responsible for the development of illnesses like Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer, they were keen to emphasise the fact that their research has shown how, together, self-medicating with the two treatments becomes much more beneficial than when only taken on their own.
It is now thought that the dependence of people on mobility aids in later life could be lowered, or at least delayed, if aspirin and fish oil were taken at the same time, as the combination works to reign in the overactive immune system response which leads to arthritis becoming a problem.
The research, which was published in the most recent edition of the respected Chemistry & Biology journal, could have a major impact on the many people who are living with conditions like arthritis every day, with the researchers explaining that there should be no ill effects from administering the two substances together.
The finding hinges on the apparent healing qualities of a ‘resolvin’ known as D3, which is present in omega-3 and also appears to be triggered by aspirin; the authors stated that this particular resolvin seems to be more successful in stopping unwanted immune reactions than any other, displaying ‘unique properties in fighting uncontrolled inflammation’.
Whether or not this method works for everyone, there can be no doubting that help is always to be found in the form of the range of sophisticated, comfort increasing mobility products that are now available throughout the UK and beyond. Even if you feel that your arthritis is beyond the point of no return, the relief that can be provided by a recliner chair or adjustable bed, for example, may well come as a very welcome surprise.
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