Has anyone tried Fish Oil for effects of RA? - NRAS


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Has anyone tried Fish Oil for effects of RA?


Hello. I read recently on the Arthritis Research UK site that fish oil (not to be confused with cod liver oil) was beneficial to people with RA as it helped with stiffness and reduced the need for painkillers. Has anyone tried fish oil and did it help any? Since going back to work my knees are really stiff lately. I would like to know what others think about the fish oil before I buy any.

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I use fish oils in capsule form,have been on them for a long time. I was reccomended by my rheumy nurse who has since died. I also use glaucosomine as well. I don't know how worse off i would be without them. Sorry i don't think thats been of any help.


hi ... i always think anythings worth a try but it will take a while to see any benefits if any ... but at the end of the day it will not do you any harm

debs x


Fish oil genuinely helps reduce inflammation in RA. There was a research document produced by ARUK, and I just found this link, too.


I have found it helps me. And it won't harm in moderate amounts.

A recent ARUK magazine has also shown its good for OA too.

I have definitely found it helps my dry sore eyes too. (Sjogrens Syndrome)

I don't take fish oils, but believe they do help, its just I am taking multi vits and am Ok for moment. I know people who swear by them. It can't do any harm, although there is an issue with high cholesterol, and trans fats, I am not too sure about this tho.

I aske d my Rheumy and she said take em if you like :0

Regards, Gina.

Hi i was told to when i was diagnosed as Omega 3 fish oils are extremely good for RA and also take High dose slow release Vitamin C as v good for CRPS which i also have. I was taking Glucosamine but he reckoned it did nothing and was expensive so i stopped it. I do not know if it actually helps but i'm going with what they are telling me for now. I was also told to take a general high dose multi vitamin & minerals to help fight off any infections. Luckily I have only had one bad cold so maybe its helping.

Hope that helps if in doubt ask your rheumy nurse. Sue x

Shelley1701 in reply to swoodge

I took Glucosamine when I was first diagnosed after big hype about it at the time but then soon after doctors were coming out saying its only helpful for osteo arthritis not RA so I stopped. Yes it was expensive! Don't know if it still is.

Thank you all for taking time to reply. I think I will give them a go and see how I get on.


I take fish oils and evening primrose oil every day. Not sure how effective they are but I like to think they're doing some good. I used to take glucosamine too however herbalist said they're only really beneficial prior to the diagnosis but not so much as a cure type thing. Good luck x


I take fish oils and starflower oil x they both have anti inflammatory properties x


I take Boots highest strength omega 3- only started taking them after coming off DMARDS due to side effects and have been on them since January. I've noticed quite a difference in pain levels and now take less painkillers- took about three weeks to kick in which seems to agree with research in the area Hope they help if you decide to go with them.

Polly x


I've been taking Starflower Oil for some time in doses of 3000mg a day which has helped a lot.


Just thought you might be interested in the report which was conducted by the ARUK in 2009 into the evidence available for the benefit of many commonly used complementary and alternative products, focussing especially on their safety and effectiveness. You can order a copy of this from the ARUK site or you can view it on this link arthritisresearchuk.org/~/m...

Best wishes


Yes, I take 2 X 1100mg Pure Fish Oil caps from Lamberts, brand recommended by notable London nutritionist for my RA, I take 1 morning and 1evening. Also Vitimin D lick called Bio D- Mulsion from Biotics Reasearch in winter/summer.

Kai-- in reply to Bleakin


Don't know if these supplemental thoughts on fish oil 🐟 might interest you (& your nutritionist), Bleakin: 'No' to Fish Oil Too?: healthunlocked.com/cure-art...

(Merely additional perspectives for consideration. 🤔 )


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Hi Shelley, it’s highly recommended (here in US anyway) to take Fish oil (Super EPA) and Tumeric/Curcumin to suppress inflammation. I take it everyday, with 10mg of CBD oil and it seems to be efffective as my bloods have stayed very low. I also now take Glucosamine with Chondroitine for joint support. : )

Hi there. Thanks for the advice. Made the post ages ago and am sorted now. Take cod liver oil and sometimes turmeric. Very dubious about CBD oil and it's way too expensive for me. Research into glucosamine and chondroitine concluded it's only beneficial in osteo arthritis. I did try it once when there was a big fuss about it years ago as some sort of wonder drug, did no good whatsoever.

Hi ..yes I take it everyday as part of my meds and supplement regime and indeed it does help. As a matter of fact is high on EPA and DHA or also known as omega 3 fatty acids which are natural Inflamatory and pain killers. I take 1000 mg per day.☺

I’ve taken that much fish oil I should have Gills 😂. I don’t think it does much harm but on the scale of things I don’t think it makes much difference

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