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Experts reveal

Cardiff University : 09 February, 2004  (Technical Article)
Scientists from Cardiff University, UK, revealed new clinical data showing that Cod Liver Oil really is effective in slowing the destruction of joint cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis.
The groundbreaking clinical study was led by Professor Bruce Caterson and Professor John Harwood of Cardiff University, and Professor Colin Dent, Orthopaedic Consultant, University of Wales College of Medicine.

For the first time ever, the clinical study provides unique human evidence (in vivo) of the effectiveness of Cod Liver Oil in the management of osteoarthritis.

The trial shows that 86% of pre-operative patients with arthritis, who took Cod Liver Oil capsules daily, had absent or significantly reduced levels of the enzymes that cause cartilage damage compared to 26% of those given a placebo oil capsule. In addition, the result showed a marked reduction in some of the enzymes that cause joint pain, in those patients taking the Cod Liver Oil.

According to surgeons, the findings could hold the key to reducing the number of knee and hip replacements carried out in the UK each year thereby shortening NHS waiting lists for joint replacement surgery. The estimated direct cost of arthritis to the health and social services is approx. 5.5 billion annually.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, Professor Caterson said, 'This breakthrough is hugely significant because it demonstrates the efficacy of a dietary intake of Cod Liver Oil in patients with osteoarthritis taken prior to their joint replacement surgery. The data suggests that Cod Liver Oil has a dual mode of action, potentially slowing down the cartilage degeneration inherent in osteoarthritis and also reducing factors that cause pain and inflammation.

'What these findings suggest is that by taking Cod Liver Oil, people are more likely to delay the onset of osteoarthritis and less likely to require multiple joint replacements later in life.

'To put this into perspective, it is highly likely that if the Queen Mother had taken Cod Liver Oil as a young adult, she may have needed her first hip replacement much later on in life.'
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