One of the first things that Dr. Upcott recommended to me was Omega 3 oil. This was fish oil in liquid form, and I was to take one teaspoon once a day.
The first spoonful was a crazy taste experience, and as soon as it went down, I noticed that everything in me wanted to send it right straight back up. The thought that went with the physical reaction was, "Get that out of here!"
I was bilious and nauseated for hours afterward, even after eating breakfast. Nevertheless I persevered, taking this once a day and the dark mysterious Deep Immune tincture twice a day. Followed by a Vitamin C that I could let dissolve in my mouth. Helped the aftertaste (a little).
I can't say I noticed any quick change once I'd started taking the oil. After a couple of months, I quit having the "Horror" reaction to actually putting it in my mouth, and eventually ... I know this will sound hard to believe ... I got to like it. Found its oiliness soothing. Go figure.
After some months, I ran out of Omega 3, and couldn't afford to get more, so I went without it. I guess it was a few weeks later that I noticed my joint and muscle pain was increasing. Noticed that this seemed to coincide with when I stopped taking Omega 3. As soon as it was possible I got another bottle and within a matter of days, the pain began to subside dramatically.
Huh. This made a big impression on me.
There are many benefits to Omega 3 oil and its essential fatty acids beyond the relief of joint and muscle pain.
It helps people suffering from depression, from bipolar disorder, and ADD.
It relieves dry skin and its accompanying itches and scaling. It gets rid of dandruff.
It's good for your heart and cardiovascular system.
Healthy essential fatty acids aid the central nervous system in its messaging. Every cell in our bodies is enveloped in fat, and is protected by it.
The GI tract lining is also protected. Hormone production is more efficient, and the immune system is significantly affected by the presence of the right combination of essential fatty acids.
And most of us are likely deficient in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. This has not always been the case. But in recent years our diets have all changed considerably and Omega 3 is no longer in as many foods as before.
This has to do with a number of factors. One of them being that most of the animals we use for meat are grain-fed rather than grass-fed. This means that their meat has a higher amount of Omega 6 fatty acids than back in the olden days. Consequently we have more Omega 6 as well.
Processed foods tend to use Omega 6 oils rather than Omega 3. Bingo, another brick tipping the delicate fatty acid balance.
And, then, people have been indoctrinated that the Omega 6 vegetable oils are the way to go. And then are wondering why they ache so much. Finally somebody is letting us in on the secret of politically correct unhealthy eating.
Nothing wrong with Omega 6 oils, we need 'em. But for health, there needs to be a proper ratio between Omega 3 and Omega 6, and most of us are consuming way more Omega 6, and way less Omega 3, than is good for us. Too much Omega 6 promotes inflammation, and therefore ... pain. Just to name one effect.
Hmmm. That matched my experience when I quit taking Omega 3 oil.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive essay on essential fatty acids, by a long shot. For more information, I recommend doing a web search. There is a lot of good information out there by people better equiped for it than I am.
All I know is, it tasted bad, but it helped me. And then ... it even tasted good.
Me, I love the stuff.