One of the hardest things about living with rheumatoid arthritis is the painful inflammation of the joint tissue, but with so many options for treatment, which is the right one for you? Dr. Teitel, a Rheumatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, is here to break down how you should choose between the many different anti-inflammatory treatments currently on the market.
Dr. Teitel: It is true, and there's a lot of research being done that has found certain chemicals, in certain supplements that can have anti-inflammatory properties, but the problem is, they're not required to prove safety and ethicity the way prescriptions drugs are, and believe me, you can have serious side effects for people who have required organ transplants as a consequence of taking even one dose of certain herbal medicines. Even though something may have a potential benefit or even a real benefit, you can't really be sure how much you're getting, or whether it's pure, what's in the bottle. So, I'm quite cautious with that, and I would advise caution. A lot of patients are seeking alternative medication, and fish oil is a natural type of inflammatory, and they're aspirin based properties to them, that can be beneficial. The only issue there, is that many of those products, are pills, and they require multiple pills a day to get the anti-inflammatory effect, and you can save money, and get the same effect, by just having cod liver oil, so much cheaper, easier, and you will get some anti-inflammatory effect from it.
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