Omega-3 fish seems to reduce gout flares says new research
Eating fish rich in omega-3 oils is linked to lower risk of recurrent gout flares but taking omega 3 supplements is not, says research in Arthritis and Rheumatology.
A team of scientists investigated the effect of eating fish high in omega-3 and/or omega-3 supplements on the risk of recurrent gout flares in 724 people who completed an online questionnaire at times of gout flares and during gout-free periods.
When the volunteers completed the questionnaire, 22% reported some form of omega-3 consumption (supplements: 4.6%; dietary fatty fish: 19%) within the previous 48 hours. Analysis of the data found that eating omega-3 rich fish is associated with lower risk of recurrent gout flares, whereas taking the supplements was not.
“Consumption of specific sources and adequate doses of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid for gout flare prevention warrants further study in an adequately powered clinical trial,” the team recommends.
Top fishy sources of omega-3
- Mackerel (4,107mg per serving)
- Salmon (4,023mg per serving)
- Herring (3,181mg per serving)
- Sardines (2,205mg per serving)
- Anchovies (951mg per serving)
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