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Omega 3

Taking omega 3 and cutting out omega 6

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hands at the age of 60, 22 years ago. My hands and wrists became swollen and it was difficult to even turn a door handle.

As I can’t take painkillers I did some research and found too much omega 6 can lead to arthritis, while omega 3 can help with symptoms. I stopped taking evening primrose oil and cut spreads and red meat out of my diet – all containing omega 6.

I started eating oily fish and taking omega 3 fish oil capsules and glucosamine and chondroitin tablets daily. I thought I'd be stuck with useless hands for life, but to my surprise the pain disappeared. What worked for me might work for others.
Dorothy Tomaszewska (November 2015)

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