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This article was published in WebMD:

Nov. 7, 2007 (Boston) -- Fish oil supplements may help improve the symptoms of lupus, according to new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting. What's more, the supplements also improve blood flow and blood vessel function in people with lupus who are known to be at increased risk for heart disease.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body engages in friendly fire against its own tissues and organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood. It affects close to 1.5 million Americans, according to the SLE Lupus Foundation in New York City.
In the new study of 60 people with lupus, participants who took 3 grams of omega-3 polyunsaturated fish oil supplements daily for six months showed improvements in the symptoms of their disease, as measured by two standard tools, when compared to their counterparts who received dummy pills.
In addition, the participants who took the fish oil supplements also showed improved blood vessel function and a reduction in measures of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to heart disease.
"This study confirms the beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils in improving the symptoms of [lupus] and also provides evidence of the potential cardioprotective effect they may have in this group of patients," researcher Stephen Wright, MD, a specialist registrar in rheumatology at Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland, says in a news release.
Aside from being a disease of the immune system, lupus is also a vascular disease, points out John J. Cush, MD, director of clinical rheumatology at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas.
"We spend a lot of time talking about the immune system in lupus, but we recognize there is a very important vascular component to this disease," he says. "Lupus has cumulative effects on the blood vessels over the years, and this also needs to be addressed."
Fish oil supplements may help address the blood vessel damage seen in the disease, he says.
The new study is "very encouraging and speaks to another way that lupus can be successfully managed," Cush tells WebMD.
Cush says the benefits seen in the study are probably not achievable by simply eating more fatty fish in the diet because the amount of fish that a person would need to eat on a regular basis to get 3 grams of omega-3 is too high.
"Patients with lupus need to control blood pressure, avoid high-fat diets that are bad for vascular diseases of any kind, and maybe use of omega-3 supplements," Cush says. "They are fairly cheap and may produce benefits without producing any harm."
The bottom line? "This is encouraging information that merits larger study in larger number of patients over longer time," he says.
Remember to tell your rheumatologist about whatever supplements you are taking, Cush says.

SOURCE: http://lupus.webmd.com/news/20071107/fish-oil-supplements-may-ease-lupus?src=RSS_PUBLIC
 

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:) Thanks for that info. I've taken fish oils in the past, but stopped. I'm seriously re-considering taking them again. I have Raynaud's, this might be helpful for that! Cathy
 

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Very interesting, thanks for posting it!

A word of caution on fish oil - these supplements are not very well regulated, and are not all created the same. Check the manufactuers reputation, and the source of the supplement. In some areas of the world, high levels of mercury in fish is a very dangerous problem, and not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or expects to be. Can't imagine it would be very safe for someone with immune problems either.

I tried taking fish oil some years back, but really had alot of gastric distress - heartburn, nausea, gas and bloating. Has anyone else had stomach upset with these supplements, and if so, did you find one brand was tolerated better than another?
 

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Good point about making sure to get a reputable brand of fish oils. I started taking them a few months ago for my dry skin and in general the supposed anti-inflammatory effect. My stomach handles them fine and I don't get the infamous "fish burps" people describe.
 

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Hi all,

I've taken fish oil capsules before and have found some benefits with regards to the inflamation. I can't really say that this is true for everyone and there are some minor side effects eg. loose stools and frequent bms (you know...pooping). Don't try it as if it is a panacea and the new wave cure because it isn't. Been there, done that.:rotfl: Wishing you all lots of happy pain free days.

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Now if I remember rightly there was a post here recently about this and research showed that it is better to take Omega 3-6-9 together as Omega 6 on it's own can actually cause inflammation yet Omega 3 can help reduce it but the triple combination is the most beneficial.

Help me out fellow Lupies, did I see this recently on the boards?

I personally have taken Omega 3-6-9 for a few years now along with Evening Primrose Oil for hormones and really do find a difference if I forget to take them.

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Pam xxx
 

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Thanks zara, it is interesting to have further confirmation of the benefits of the Omega 3's
Pam I have read that our diets tend to contain far too much omega 6, at least typical North American ones do. I never read anything about need ing to take all three, but hey I'm not getting knickers twisted over it, it's just interesting to see how many differing theories there are and hard to know what's the best thing to do.

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I don't think I've ever heard of Omega 6 and 9....that sounds a little racy! (hehe, just kidding)
 

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I started taking cod liver oil as soon as I was told "no more sun". I thought the vita D would be helpful. It's nice to know it has other benefits too, cause I really don't like the stuff. I'm always on the look out for 'easy things under my control' that could help.
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Hi Pam

I popped by the health store and now have my 3 -6- 9:)

Like anything it takes a while to see benefits. So long as there is no adverse effect , Placebo will do even:) .

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Omega-3

Hi everybody,

I started taking a "molecularly distilled pharmaceutical grade" Omega-3 about 2 months ago. I wasn't really expecting to feel any difference, so I was quite surprised when my 'fuzzy brain' cleared up and I had enough energy to go through a day without a nap.

I've had lupus for almost 40 years; primarily discoid until about 15 years ago when it started systemically with thrombocytopenia (low platelet count). Now I get flares of autoimmune hepatitis. Anyhow, the fatigue and cognitive problems (brain-fog) have always been 2 of the worst symptoms, since pain meds and prednisone can mostly handle the other stuff when necessary.

So I'm really thrilled that it does seem to have made a big difference for me. Don't believe it is a placebo effect because like so many other things I have tried over the years, I expected no real improvement. :bigsmile:
 

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Wolfenstein,

That is great news but if you can't stand anything to do with fish or allergic that is a problem. Your right about the great value that Omega-3 has to offer wish I could try it myself and find out what you know. I hope it keeps working for you
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Hi Onetay,

If it's just an aversion to fish, these caps would not bother you. I don't get any of the "fish burps" or stomach problems that I have read about with some brands of fish oil capsules.

In the case of a fish allergy, there are vegetarian choices for Omega 3. "flaxseed oil, hemp oil and algae. However, you should be aware that the human body does not use the Omega-3 fatty acids in plant sources as efficiently as those in seafood. Microalgae supplements, like spirulina, are considered the most efficient sources of DHA, which the body can convert to EPA."

Check out this link if you are interested
http://foodallergies.about.com/od/seafoodallergies/qt/omega3.htm

Thanks for bringing this up!
Jane (Wolfie)
 

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there has been reaseacch done here in belfast saying that they trialed over 500 lupus patients with fish oils and the outcome was good
do told me that not all oils are the same and they oned tested where called
omacor and only to take those ones of 1 gram a day
alex
 
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