Although many people give up eating meat and direct their attention towards a vegetarian diet, nobody can deny the benefits of eating fish and seafood. This food represents the main source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the body. A new study encourages a diet rich in fish, claiming it is beneficial for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Omega-3 brings great benefits for the body.
- These nutrients can be found in raw, steamed, baked, but they disappear from raw fish.
- Eating fish more than two times a week can relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a healthy source of fats which coordinate many important functions of the body. Therefore, many nutritionists recommend people to eat fish. However, the new research claims that fish is good not only to prevent certain conditions, but also to relieve joint pain and swelling caused by RA.
Researchers analyzed the diets of 176 people suffering from RA. Participants had to fill in a questionnaire which assessed their food habits for the past year. Those who ate fish more than twice a week had significantly less symptoms than those who never ate fish or who consumed it only once a month. Also, each extra portion they ate helped them relieve the symptoms.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, tuna, sardines, sushi, or even in baked fish, such as trout, halibut, or grouper. The nutritive substances are lost if you fry the fish, therefore researchers advise people to avoid frying and eat it steamed, raw, or baked.
Therefore, researchers reached the conclusion that, the more fish people eat, the less RA symptoms they experience. However, this was only an observational study, which means that it neither proves nor disproves the impact fish intake has on RA sufferers. Even so, the results are relevant from a clinical point of view.
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