STATES CHRONICLE – The positive effects fish oil and vitamin D can have on our health have been widely discussed, and it was believed that they can slow knee cartilage loss, reduce inflammation and have a generally positive effect on our bone structure.
However, a new study conducted by a team of Australian researchers suggests that vitamin D and fish oil have actually no impact on osteoarthritis. The problem is that this condition affects a lot of people, about 13 percent of women and 10 percent of men over 60 years old.
This is a chronic disease which cannot be simply cured. People need to have joint-replacement surgeries and take pain killers, but otherwise, there is nothing that can actually cure them. So far, it was believed that fish oil and vitamin D could help, but it turns out we were wrong.
In order to see whether or not vitamin D has any effect on the disease, the researcher split in half a group of 413 subjects and gave on group vitamin D and the other a placebo. The subjects took the treatment for two years. After that, researchers re-examined them, but found no difference between the two groups regarding knee degeneration.
This means that the vitamin has no kind of influence in treating osteoarthritis, and while it might be good for other things, it does not improve knee conditions in any way.
Another substance that we thought might work is fish oil. However, the same team of researchers conducted a previous study to discover if fish oil could be an effective treatment. It turned out that the people who had a low dose of fish oil showed some improvements compared to the ones who took higher doses of fish oil.
Now, despite vitamin D and fish oil do not work in treating knee osteoarthritis, making no difference in pain or knee function, they do however work on improving general bone health. This means that consumption of fish oil and vitamin D is recommended for people who don’t have yet any bone problems, so they can decrease their risk of developing any conditions.
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