What’s the deal with fish oil and can it really help?
Fish oil is oil derived from the tissues of, you guessed it, oily fish. The potential health benefits of fish oils actually come from two specific types of Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish oil: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two acids are precursors to certain signaling molecules, called eicosanoids, that are known to reduce inflammation in the body.
At a high level, there are molecules that are known to reduce inflammation and a critical component of those molecules are acids found in fish oils. Therefore, some people believe that increasing the amount of these acids, through fish oil supplements, reduces inflammation and improves symptoms, which is why some lupus warriors take fish oil supplements.
While there is only limited research, and most of the studies are done on small groups of patients, there is evidence that suggests taking fish oil supplements can have a positive impact to people battling lupus. Below you will find more details on these studies so you can do your own research. Also, although it can be tempting to try holistic remedies, it is always important to talk with your doctor first.
What do lupus warriors say about the benefits of fish oil for lupus?
If there is one thing we know about lupus, it is that it doesn’t impact everyone the same and that what works for someone might not work for someone else.
What does the research say about the benefits of fish oil for lupus?
This study, published in 2015, was designed to evaluate fish oil’s impact on fatigue, quality of life, and disease activity in people with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). 50 patients took either a daily fish oil supplement (Metagenics) comprised of six capsules/day equaling 2.25g EPA and 2.25g DHA, or a visually identical olive oil capsules. After 6 months, each group was scored on how key fatigue, quality of life, and disease activity indicators changed. The study concluded that the group that took the fish oil supplements showed statically significant improvement on key indicators compared to the group taking the olive oil supplements.