In the study 250 men and women with neck and back pain were required to take omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil or placebo. The dosage was 2.4 grams per day. They also were on NSAIDs (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil), which were gradually tapered off according to pain relief with oils.
At completion more than 60% of those in the fish oil group reported decreased general pain as well as 60% said they had less joint pain. More than 80% stated full satisfaction with the fish oil treatment and 88% would continue to follow protocol results were so great.
What may be even better to hear is that 59% of the participants in the fish oil group were able to completely quit using the NSAIDs. Chronic NSAID use can help treat chronic neck and back pain, but comes at a cost. NSAIDs increase the risk for stomach ulcers and liver problems. As well recent news reports of prescription NSAIDs (Vioxx, Celbrex) point to even riskier complications."
Source: Supplement News
Gary Moller comments:
I broke my left arm in January of this year which I self-treated. Despite the damage, I was able to comfortably get through the worst week or two without even an aspirin, preferring, instead to use natural products like fish and flax oil and MSM. Healing was rapid and 100% and without any complications. I competed in an 80km mountain bike race just 8 weeks after the injury and survived.
With regards to joint and other pains, please take careful note of the amount of Omega oil consumed daily by the subjects in this trial: 2.4 grams per day. In my experience, most people who try these oils for conditions like cardiovascular disease and arthritis do not take anywhere enough omega3 oil each day, consistently enough and for long enough to have a noticeable benefit.
Such therapies often are best when combined with body tissue mineral therapy such as provided by the Active Elements service.