Should People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Eat More Fish?

Should People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Eat More Fish?

Eating fish two or more times each week may help reduce pain and swelling for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study published online in Arthritis Care & Research.

In the study of 172 individuals with RA, those who consumed fish 2 times per week had lower disease activity than those who ate fish less than once per month.  As study participants increased the amount of fish they ate weekly, their disease activity score lowered, the observational study found.

“We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

The scientists cannot prove that the fish consumption was solely responsible for the observed benefits, noting that people who regularly eat fish may also be generally healthier with better eating habits.

Tedeschi acknowledged this was a relatively small observational study that was not randomized, so the researchers were unable to make definitive conclusions.  Nonetheless, the authors wrote, “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.”

Tedeschi also noted that the difference in disease activity between the groups was the same percentage as what’s been observed in clinical studies of methotrexate – the standard of care for RA.

“If our finding holds up in other studies, it suggests that fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity,” she said. “Fish consumption has been noted to have many beneficial health effects, and our findings may give patients with rheumatoid arthritis a strong reason to increase fish consumption.”

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There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Kahty C at 9:08 am

    These silly Articles are so misleading. What they won’t telly you is that most of the Fish Oil Supplements contain Rancid Oils. These rancid Lipids contribute to inflammation. This is true of most oil based supplements, “Health Foods” and Concoctions. The Fish Study” here leaves out Economic factors, and type of Fish. It would be more “Scientific’ if they looked at the other factors, but like all of the other misleading and potentially damaging “Health Information News,’ that is left out.
    Farmed Fish has no health Benefits, but that did not stop some big Corporations fro marketing it as if it did. In Post Fact America no one cares who funds these silly “Studies” People really should start reading this stuff more critically. Of course Fish is mostly healthy, but fish raised in their own filth, and forced to eat garbage or not Healthy. we ahev to scrutinize every label at the Supermarket. They are often misleading, or leave out whether it is Farm Raised. Be careful at those Supermarket Fish Counters, too. The Smell usually gives that away. Most of that fish is poorly labeled, on purpose. Often the fish is already bad, it was thawed days ago, and left at the wrong temperature. Frozen Fish is preferable. Many Markets present frozen fish thawed days ago as “Fresh” and consumption can lead to food poisoning. These problems will only get worse as labeling Rules are being done away with. It is a free for all, Buyer Beware. The Super Market Lobby did not want the “Big Bad Government” protecting us from these underhanded, misleading, and dangerous products.

  2. marty at 3:05 am

    I am not crazy about fish at all but notice if I don’t eat it a couple times a week or at least once a week, I am miserable. More miserable I should say. Supplements do nothing for me. So I try to have a good salmon meal at least once a week and albacore tuna fish at least once a week.

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  4. Debbie De Anda at 2:08 pm

    If I had it I would not eat fish because I don’t like it. Nobody should be forced to eat anything. Find something else. We are free ppl “RIGHT” government telling us we can’t have pain meds cuz they give a sh*& about us. BULLS*&% make us all rich then we could pay for better stuff that could help.