- New Lancet study into paracetamol yield interesting results…
- Why the oil of a tiny marine creature could be far better for inflammation, arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Mercury free! Why this is safest way to get the benefits of fish oils
This is an absolute shocker from The Lancet…
It has just published research that shows that Paracetamol doesn’t offer the kind of pain relief for aching joints that most people would expect.
In fact, the research shows that it doesn’t help 8 out of 10 people who take it to ease their knee and hip pain.
This is effectively the go-to drug when people are in pain, so it’s a massive blow. I don’t mean to the drugs companies, but to the poor people who are desperate for something to ease the agony.
My question is this…
Isn’t it about time we started focussing on other more natural sources of relief for joint pain?
For instance, I went straight from The Lancet to a fascinating study called…
“Evaluation of the Effect of Neptune Krill Oil on Chronic Inflammation and Arthritic Symptoms”
I love these snappy titles!
It was in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2007. The researches wanted to evaluate the effect of Krill Oil on patients suffering from pain.
…and the results were really interesting, as you’re about to see – and good news if you suffer from joint pain, poor memory or you’re worried about heart problems.
But first, if you don’t know what krill oil is, then I want you to imagine a blue whale swimming in the ocean.
It is a mighty beast, and truly enormous. The largest ever to have lived!
And what does it eat?
Tiny shrimp like creatures known as krill – seen in this picture.
These little critters are right at the bottom of the food chain, feeding on phytoplankton near the water’s surface. But they can sustain a massive animal, giving it the strength and nutrition it needs.
What’s more, in human, krill has a powerful effect on the joints.
Which takes me back to the 2007 report I mentioned at the beginning.
In a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study, 90 patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis were given doses of krill oil.
The results showed that a daily dose of krill oil “significantly inhibits inflammation and reduces arthritic symptoms within a short treatment period of 7 and 14 days.”
That’s a pretty speedy result.
There’s more to back this up too, like the research paper published in 2010:
Supplementation of diet with krill oil protects against experimental rheumatoid arthritis
(A title that pretty much says what the results are!)
If you’re interested in trying krill oil for yourself, click here.
Mercury free! Why it could be much safer than fish oils
The secret of krill oil isn’t really much of a secret, as they work in pretty much the same way as fish oils.
I am sure you’ve heard plenty about fish oils (cod liver oil, for instance) and how good they are for you. Their omega 3 fatty acids can:
- Improve your memory and brain function, reducing the symptoms of severe manic-depression, and reducing aggression under stress.
- Protect your joints and cartilage. Omega-3 fatty acids ‘switch off’ an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2, which causes inflammation.
- Improve your blood flow and the efficiency of blood vessels, reducing the strain on your heart…
This is why you get omega 3’s added to almost everything these days. The food industry pumps them into almost anything in order to get a sale. It wouldn’t surprise me if they started adding the stuff to crisps and sherbet dip dabs.
You might even take the fish oil capsules yourself, or have tried tem in the past.
If so, then you should know that there’s something the fish oil capsule companies don’t tell you. (And you don’t hear it very much in the newspapers either.)
- Many of the oils you buy over the counter are so over-treated they lose most of their natural nutrients. They become rancid quickly, losing their medicinal power.
- Many of the oils are mixed with non-fish oils, or diluted without the packaging mentioning it. In a recent test it was found that 21 of the 30 big names had 10% less omega 3 than claimed.
- Fish oils come from animals higher up the food chain, so they are contaminated with toxins like mercury. LabDoor, an independent testing company, analysed 30 supplements and found all of them to contain mercury and 3 to have 50% more than the allowable mercury content per capsule.
In other words, if you use fish oils you might be swallowing something that’s contaminated, less powerful than you think, and tainted with useless additives.
Krill, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the food chain, so they’re not contaminated with mercury. Because it’s less well-known, there aren’t as many disreputable companies producing shoddy, rancid, over-treated versions for a quick buck.
Its most powerful antioxidant effects are produced by astaxanthin (not found in ordinary fish oil).
Unlike fish oil, it also contains phospholipids, a microscopic barrier that helps cells filter out toxins and free radical damage.
Krill oil is better absorbed by your body than ordinary fish oil, (from research by the U.S. Government National Institutes of Health.)
It makes this kind of oil a more effective alternative to fish oils – particularly if you go through a recommended direct supplier like this.
I’ll be back with more soon!
Until then, stay healthy