The literal meaning of arthritis is "joint inflammation".
Arthritis is used to refer to a host of conditions that cause
pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. This painful condition
can affect any area of the body, and eventually lead to loss
of joint function.
The omega-3 fatty acid EPA, nourishes the synovial fluid
that surrounds the joints, ensuring that they remain well-oiled.
Diminished levels of this fluid can cause problems like arthritis
so it is important that we obtain the right amount of EPA
to maintain the health of our joints. Further, EPA is converted
by the body into prostaglandins and leukotrienes - natural
compounds which decrease inflammation and pain.
Evening primrose oil contains the omega-6 fatty acid GLA
(gamma-linolenic acid) which is thought to reduce the joint
pain and swelling associated with arthritis. The EPO in omega product
is in its most natural form - it is non-raffinated (it undergoes
no chemical treatment) and virgin; because of this it is rich
in triterpenes which have many health-giving properties, including
the reduction of joint pain.