Patients’ Own Omega 3
Diets rich in Omega 3 are associated with lowering blood pressure, aiding brain development and function, preventing heart disease and reducing inflammation and neuropathic pain.
Several clinical studies have suggested that taking an Omega 3 fish oil supplement helps to alleviate symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
The following Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialists recommend taking fish oil supplements for CFS: Dr Lapp, The University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr Cheney, Dr Teitelbaum, Dr Podell, Dr Pall, Dr Downing-Orr, and Dr Myhill.
How Omega 3 can improve CFS and Fibromyalgia
Omega 3 is one of the most commonly used supplements for individuals with inflammation and pain. It is particularly popular among CFS and Fibromyalgia patients because its effectiveness and very well tolerated.
ME/CFS patients are deficient in Omega 3 and benefit from supplementation
A 2011 study analysed blood samples of 44 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients and 49 healthy controls for L-Carnitine and concentrations of 35 individual essential acylcarnitine compounds in plasma. They found that the patients with ME/CFS exhibited significantly altered levels in eight of the concentrations, with some of the concentrations averaging 30% to 40% lower than controls. In conclusion, the researchers hypothesized that “the administration of omega-3 fatty acids in combination with L-Carnitine would improve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptomology.”
When Behan et al. studied the effectiveness of essential fatty acid therapy in 63 adults with CFS, they found that 74% of patients being treated (compared with 23% on placebo) said they had improved after one month. At three months, the corresponding figures were 85% and 17% The essential fatty acid levels were abnormal at the baseline and corrected by active treatment.
A 2005 study examined omega 3 levels in 22 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients and 12 healthy controls. The total omega 3/omega 6 ratios were significantly lower in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients than in normal controls. The lower the omega 3/omega 6 ratio, the more severe the illness. The authors conclude that a decreased availability of omega 3 PUFAs plays a role in the immune dysfunction seen in ME/CFS. The results suggest that patients with ME/CFS should respond favourably to treatment with omega 3 supplementation.
Omega 3 can reduce pain, fatigue and depression in Fibro patients
Ozgocmen et al. found that omega 3 supplementation is linked to significant reductions in fatigue, pain, number of tender points, and depression in Fibromyalgia patients. These findings were backed up by Ko et al. in 2010 who discovered that omega 3 consumption led to clinically significant pain reduction and improved function up to as much as 19 months after treatment initiation.