An estimated 8 million people in the UK suffer from some degree of osteoarthritis, which is caused by the wear and tear of joints, where the cartilage that cushions and aids the bone movement has broken down. As a result of this bones come into contact with one another, causing friction and the inflammation of the joint making them swollen and painful.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis and many sufferers rely on anti-inflammatory medication to ease the pain. However, when taken on a long term basis, these can damage the stomach.
Recent research in Australia has identified that fish oil eases the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and that low doses may be more effective than larger ones in treating the most common form of osteoarthritis.
Last updated: 23-11-2011
The researchers studied 200 patients with and average age of 60 and discovered that those on a lower dosage of fish oil had double the reduction in knee pain compared to those on a higher dose, with significant improvements in their mobility.