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Originally published November 14 2004

Fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids allow patients to ditch Vioxx and other anti-inflammatory drugs

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Interesting new research has been conducted on the health effects of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids as alternative replacements for anti-inflammatory prescription drugs such as Vioxx and Bextra. Many people don't realize that anti-inflammatory drugs harm more than 100,000 people in the United States each year and kill 20,000 each year. According to the FDA, Vioxx alone is associated with heart attacks in more than 27,000 patients over the last several years.

But new medical research is showing that fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids may be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs without any of the negative side effects. In this particular study, more than two thirds of study participants were able to stop using anti-inflammatory drugs and, instead, switch to fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids. Naturally, fish oils don't exhibit the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs such as increased death rates, increased risk of heart attacks, and serious neurological disorders.

Better yet, fish oils are far less expensive than prescription drugs. Of course, the pharmaceutical companies don't want consumers to learn the fact that fish oils can replace their expensive, patented drugs and be just as effective with none of the negative side effects. And that's partly why the public rarely hears the good news about prevention of arthritis pain with natural substances, foods, or nutritional supplements.

Had these study participants been given another powerful antioxidant -- astaxanthin -- they would likely have experienced even greater reductions in arthritis pain. Astaxanthin is fast becoming recognized one of the most effective natural antioxidants for reducing or even eliminating arthritis pain, chronic back pain, muscle soreness, and other physical pains.


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