Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Cod liver oil reduces need for arthritis drugs

Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take a daily dose of cod liver oil could reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by 30%, according to a study published online in the journal Rheumatology.

University of Dundee researchers studied 97 patients with rheumatoid arthritis – half were given 10g of high strength cod liver oil every day and the other half took a placebo.

The researchers found that, after nine months, nearly 40% of those in the cod liver oil group were able to cut their daily NSAID requirement by a third, compared to just 10% of the placebo group.

The authors said cod liver oil offered natural pain management without the harmful side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I would like to say that I support these findings. As a sufferer myself (at only 27), taking cod liver oil and omega 3, 6 and 9 supplements has dramatically improved my condition. So much so that this winter, I took minimal pain relief and I cannot note any dates where I suffered from significant pain or discomfort. It is good to hear that there is not some research to support this simple treatment.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • i read your article on taking cod liver oil for arthritis. but i think i read somewhere that taking cod liver oil too much could damage your liver. is this true.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs