Flax Oil for Joint Pain?
Im a fairly healthy person in my mid-thirties. I was considering taking flax oil for some joint pain? Do you think this would help?
Flax oil is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
These important compounds can help to reduce inflammation in the body which
often results in a decrease of joint pain. Flax oil has additional benefits
related to the hormonal systems of both men and women.
When flax oil is taken, your body has to put it through an elaborate conversion
process to extract the anti-inflammatory properties referred to as EPA and
DHA. Certain people can have inborn errors in metabolism that make this
process difficult. Even without inborn errors, the process of converting
the Omega 3 in flax to EPA and DHA is very inefficient. For this reason, if you are primarily
interested in relief of joint pain I might suggest fish oil as a better
recommendation for you.
Fish oil also contains high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids. However,
unlike flax oil, your body does not need to convert fish oil to EPA and
DHA. Fish oil all ready contains very high levels of EPA and DHA.
The fish has already done the conversion for you, so their oil is pre-loaded
with high amounts of the anti-inflammatory compounds. In other words, I
find that people who are looking for pain relief do much better on fish oil vs.
flax oil due to the pre-existing high concentrations of the potent
anti-inflammatory substances EPA and DHA contained in fish oil. EPA is
thought to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances in our
body. This makes it extremely effective for pain related conditions.
Flax oil remains a wonderful healing oil particularly beneficial
for skin problems and hormone related issues.
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