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A Fish a Day to Keep the Pain Away?
Date:10/22/2013

n human white blood cells in response to external stimuli such as stress or pain. NPD1/PD1 has been found to resolve both brain and abdominal inflammation and the resulting pain. Their results were published in the Annals of Neurology May 2013 titled Neuroprotectin/protectin D1 protects against neuropathic pain in mice after nerve trauma. While NPD1/PD1 is derived from omega-3 fatty acids found in the oil of cold water fish, it is 1000 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers found that not only did NPD1/PD1 relieve pain, it reduced nerve swelling and protected the nerves from further damage following injuries.

Earlier research about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids as a natural alternative for controlling pain was done by Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Maroon specializes in treating chronic degenerative spine disease. He is also the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. Dr. Maroon has had outstanding success treating both chronic pain patients and injured football players with high doses of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.

Dr. Maroon reported his amazing results at the 73rd meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He treated 253 non-surgical candidates with chronic neck or back pain with high daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids. After an average of 75 days, 59% had stopped taking their prescription pain killers, and 88% were pleased enough with their results that they continued taking the omega-3 supplements. No significant adverse effects were reported in his study. Dr. Mo
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