Sports Injuries Treated with Fatty Acids and Antioxidants

A combination of essential fatty acids and antioxidants is an effective treatment for inflammatory injuries common to many athletes.

Researchers working with Denmark's National Rowing Team gave athletes a combination of nutritional supplements to treat overuse injuries. The athletes used the supplements instead of the traditional method of taking non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can have unwanted side effects.

The athletes were given a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 oils, vitamins A, B6, C and E, plus selenium and zinc. According to the researchers, most athletes responded positively to the treatment in as little as 2-3 weeks.

The study will be published in a scientific journal of sports medicine in the near future.

Athletes and non-athletes alike should take note of this research since it offers an effective method of treatment for joint pain that does not rely on NSAIDs.

This exciting research also supports the important role supplements play in the prevention of overuse injuries. The body needs essential fatty acids and antioxidants to maintain delicate joint tissue. A diet rich in these nutrients provides the body with what it needs for repair and protection of your joints.

REFERENCE: Reuters Health April 27, 2000