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Old 12-02-2003, 12:16 AM   #1
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Cod liver oil or flax oil for arthritis?

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?

 
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Old 12-08-2003, 10:43 AM   #2
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Re: Cod liver oil or flax oil for arthritis?

Both oils should benefit the arthritis, but you really ought to look into changing your diet to one that is anti-inflammatory and PH-balancing. It is the inflammation and acid caused by many types of foods (primarily meat, dairy, coffee, soda, white sugar, white flour, wheat, etc.) that causes inflammation, mineral depletion, and acid in the body, leading to conditions like arthritis.

 
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Old 12-11-2003, 09:44 PM   #3
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Re: Cod liver oil or flax oil for arthritis?

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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:
EPA ->eicosapentaenoic
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.

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:00 PM   #4
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Re: Cod liver oil or flax oil for arthritis?

Actually there are at least 2 brands of Nordic cod oil out there that are very carefully filtered and probably contain far less mercury or pollutants than any other fish oil out there, including the big brands. I do not know if I am allowed to name the brands, so will err on the side of caution.

Both furnish heart-healthy omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. The main difference is that cod oil also contains large amounts of vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin which is stored in the body (in the liver). If you ingest too much of it it can cause toxicity.

 
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