Eating Fish May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:22 AM

Eating fish -- tuna, salmon, sardines, trout, sole, halibut, poke, and grouper -- may help reduce joint pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, according to a new study in Arthritis Care & Research.

RA patients who ate baked, steamed, broiled, or raw fish 2 or more times per week had a significantly lower Disease Activity Score in 28 Joints with C-Reactive Protein (DAS28-CRP) -- a score that measures tender and swollen joints, subjective disease activity, and C-reactive protein -- than those who never ate fish or ate it less than once a month. 

“This is a novel analysis of the relationship between consuming fish as a whole food, rather than consuming fish oil supplements, and rheumatoid disease activity," the authors wrote. They defined fish consumption as cooked or raw sardines, tuna, or salmon (including sashimi and sushi), and broiled, steamed, baked, or raw fish like trout, sole, halibut, poke, grouper, and others, selecting those foods because of their higher omega-3 fatty acid content. They did not include fried fish, non-fried shellfish, or fish in mixed dishes, such as stir-fried fish with vegetables.