'Fish consumption has been noted to have many beneficial health effects, and our findings may give patients with rheumatoid arthritis a strong reason to increase fish consumption.
According to a report in Daily Mail, the study also found that people who ate even more than just two servings of fish were less likely to have rheumatoid arthritis.
Tuna, salmon, sardines, trout and a variety of sushi are among the options on the menu.
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The authors concluded that higher intake of fish may be associated with lower disease activity in people with RA, although they caution that the study-which only looked at fish consumption and disease activity at one point in time-could not show a cause-and-effect relationship.
Writing in Arthritis Care & Research, the team behind the study said the 176 patients were assessed for RA scores via the DAS28-CRP scale while fish intake was measured by by a food frequency questionnaire assessing usual diet in the past year.
Fried fish, shellfish and meals that included fish within a mix of other ingredients (like a stir fry) were excluded because these types of meals tend to lack omega-3s. The disease-activity score measures the levels of inflammation biomarkers in the blood of the patient, as well as the number of swollen and tender joints the patient has. For those unable to afford fish several times a week, Danesh cited other options.
Omega-3 brings great benefits for the body.
One finding that impressed Tedeschi "was that the absolute difference in the disease activity scores between the group that ate fish the most frequently and least frequently was the same percentage as what has been observed in trials of methotrexate, which is the standard of care medication for rheumatoid arthritis", she said. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 June 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170621082809.htm .