The food that erases arthritis

Joint pain can make your days and nights miserable. So take a tip from researchers at Duke University and eat the food that eases the arthritis that makes them ache.

A study at Duke shows that fish or fish oil supplements, containing omega-3s, can make arthritic joints healthier and less painful. That can be especially helpful if you are overweight and extra pounds are putting stress on your joints.

“Our results suggest that dietary factors play a more significant role than mechanical factors in the link between obesity and osteoarthritis,” says researcher Farshid Guilak.

The research also shows that unhealthy fats, like the fats in corn oil and processed foods, can make arthritis worse.

“This (study) made us think that maybe it’s not how much weight you gain, but what you eat,” says Guilak.

Using omega-3s to lose pain and pounds

Most of us are deficient in omega-3s because the Standard American Diet is low in healthy, oily fish like salmon and mackerel. But adding more omega-3s to your diet doesn’t mean you must start buying and preparing expensive seafood dinners several times each week.

Top 10 arthritis mistakes [infographic]The most healthful, potent and convenient source of the fatty acids is krill oil.

Made from krill, a small, shrimp-like crustacean found in the cold ocean areas of the world, krill oil is packed with EPA and DHA. Krill is the main food source for whales in the Antarctic Ocean—and because it’s at the bottom of the food chain and found in the cleanest oceans on the planet, it’s a source of omega-3s virtually free of toxins that are commonly found in larger ocean fish.

Beyond its clean composition, what makes krill oil such a better ‘delivery method’ for omega-3s than fish and fish oil are the phospholipids that bind its fatty acids.

Because your body naturally produces phospholipids, EPA and DHA delivered through krill oil’s phospholipid structure makes it easy for your body’s cells to get the most nutritional benefit from the oil. In fact, compared to fish oil—which delivers EPA and DHA in triglyceride form— krill oil is absorbed 10 to 15 times better.

That means your cells get packed with plenty of EPA and DHA needed for the peak metabolic function that promotes healthy weight loss.

While krill oil is an excellent weight loss aid, you’ll benefit in many other ways by making it part of your daily routine. That’s because quality krill oil is also abundant in vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin D (which most of us need more of). Its antioxidant potency—in terms of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values—is 48 times more potent than fish oil.

That means along with quick and sustainable weight loss results, krill oil can also provide:

  • Better skin, hair and nail health
  • Mood enhancement and improved cognitive function
  • Heart benefits
  • Improved joint health and relief from arthritis

To get the most out of krill oil for weight loss and overall good health, a dose of around 1000mg per day of a quality supplement should do the trick.


Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.