Q: I've always been an active person, but recently, I've started experiencing some joint discomfort, especially after my runs.
While searching for a joint supplement, I noticed that not many, if any, include Omega-3 fatty acids, which I've heard are good for reducing inflammation.
Can you explain why Omega-3s are not commonly included in joint supplements and provide some insights from studies on how Omega-3s could help with joint pain?
— Karen Foster, Seattle
A: Hello Karen,
Your observation regarding the absence of Omega-3 fatty acids in many joint supplements is indeed accurate.
Here's a more detailed look into the scenario:
Benefits of Omega-3s:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are well-documented for their anti-inflammatory properties. Various studies have shown that they can significantly alleviate joint pain and reduce stiffness, particularly in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
- For instance, a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who took fish oil supplements (rich in Omega-3s) experienced reduced joint pain intensity, fewer tender joints, and less morning stiffness.
Inclusion in Joint Supplements:
- The absence of Omega-3s in many joint supplements is primarily due to various factors such as the form and stability of Omega-3s. Omega-3s from fish or algae oil may require special handling or packaging to maintain its efficacy and stability, which might pose a challenge when combined with other ingredients in a joint supplement.
- While not always included in joint supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids can be taken separately to support joint health. High-quality Omega-3 supplements can be a beneficial addition to your supplement regimen, especially if you are experiencing joint discomfort.
- A great way to improve your joint health would be to take a look at our Joint Freedom Bundle that combines our Physio Flex Pro supplement with our Biorixil Omega 3.
Thank you for your insightful question, Karen. Your proactive approach towards understanding and addressing joint health is commendable and is a positive step towards finding a suitable solution to support your active lifestyle.