Omega 3s and RA

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Story Updated: Aug 14, 2013

Yet another reason for fish-lovers to rejoice! Eating fish regularly may significantly cut your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers analyzed the dietary habits of more than 32,000 women who took part in a Swedish Mammography study.

They were asked to complete questionnaires about their eating, exercise and smoking habits, as well as their height and weight, and use of supplements and aspirin.

The surveys also requested detailed information about fatty and lean fish- specifically how much and how often the women ate these foods.

During the monitoring period, 205 women were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Digging deeper, the data showed those who ate at least one serving of fatty fish or four servings of lean fish a week had half the risk of rheumatoid arthritis compared to women who consumed less.

The researchers say the benefit here can be attributed to the omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish.

Americans are already advised to eat at least 2 servings of fish a week due to its heart health benefits. Now, we may be able to add joint protection to the list!

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading Ð health news that matters to you.

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