Supplements and natural remedies are all the rage online. What’s the deal with fish oil and can it really decrease lupus symptoms?
Oily fish, like salmon, is used to make fish oil supplements. It comes from the fish tissue. The potential health benefits come from two specific types of Omega-3 fatty acids:
- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
These two acids are precursors to certain signaling molecules (eicosanoids) known to reduce inflammation in the body.
Why do people take fish oil for lupus? To reduce inflammation and decrease lupus symptoms.
Only limited research exists on the effectiveness of these supplements. Also, most of the studies used small groups of patients. Still, there is evidence that suggests taking fish oil supplements has a positive impact for 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.