Originally Posted by shadepra
I have a mild case of osteoarthritis, and have been reading that cod liver oil is supposedly helpful for this ailment. I was planning to try flaxseed oil, but from what I've read about flax oil, there don't seem to be any clear cut answers as to whether it would be beneficial.
Has anyone taken either of these oils specifically for osteoarthritis, and what were your results?
Fish oil.. NOT cod liver oil! Cod can have a high mercury content since Cod is a breed of fish that eats just about anything, includeing really bad stuff.
(Are you mixing up the word atherosclerotic with osteoarthritis?)
Actually I just started learning all this. I do have OA but fish oil or flaxseed oil concept is about Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are actually said to be good for the heart/vascular system.
The omega-3 fatty Acids are:
DHA ->docosahexaenoic acids
ALA ->alpha-linolenic acid
Fish oil (or actually eating at least two servings of fish per week, such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.) will give you EPA & DHA.
ALA is less potent. It is found in soybeans, canola, walnut and flaxseed and oils made from those.
I'm allergic to fish, so I've got to go with Flaxseed Oil for myself but I do stick Walnuts in things too as well as useing Canola Oil.
Canola oil does have Trans fatty acid which are bad but it has less than the other Veg oil choices if you are cooking with Veg oil.
The Canola oil is a whole diff discussion but it does have ALA.