Does fish oil really work for RA? Maybe… Fish oil for RA: Treat to target? Nancy Walsh writing for MedPage Today reported
patients with early rheumatoid arthritis receiving “triple therapy” with conventional disease-modifying
anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) were less likely to respond inadequately when given supplementary
fish oil, Australian researchers found. After a year of treatment, 10.5% of patients receiving
fish oil were considered treatment failures, compared with 32.1% of those not receiving
the supplement, according to Susanna M. Proudman, MD, of the University of Adelaide, and colleagues. Comment: I’m not a real fan of triple therapy.
That’s using a combination of methotrexate, Plaquenil, and sulfasalazine. I think biologics
work much better and have fewer potential side effects. Fish oil helps with RA regardless
of what you take.