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Salmon every week can help to combat arthritis

By Ella Pickover

Eating a weekly portion of salmon could halve the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, researchers have found.

People who eat at least one serving of fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel or kippers, each week are said to be less likely to to develop the condition than those who do not.

The same benefit was observed in those who ate four servings of lean fish, such as cod, haddock or tinned tuna, each week.

The benefit is largely attributable to long-chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (Pufa) content in fish, according to the study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Researchers collected dietary information on 32,000 women born between 1914 and 1948. The authors found those with consistently high daily intake of more than 0.21g of omega 3 Pufas had a 52% decreased risk in developing the condition.

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