152 – Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory – My Interview with Dr. Joseph Maroon

Fish Oil is Nature’s Safest AND Most Effective Anti-Inflammatory


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Dr. Joseph MaroonResearch has shown that the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are some of the most effective natural anti-inflammatory agents available. With the discovery that vascular inflammation is the underlying cause of coronary artery disease, fish and fish oil supplements are now recommended by the American Heart Association for the prevention of this condition. Countries that have the highest fish consumption also have a lower incidence of neurodegenerative disease and depression. The biological basis for the effectiveness of fish oil in treating arthritis has been well documented with many positive clinical studies, when compared to traditional pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory agents.

Dr. Maroon was the first person to articulate for me, the benefits of omega-3 rich fish oil for inflammation. It was through him that I first learned about what amounts to take and how to achieve a therapeutic effect. It was at that time, that my wife began taking 4000 mg of EPA and DHA from fish oil. That was in 2005. Within 6 months, her chronically elevated level of inflammation came down into the normal range and has stayed there ever since. This was after over 20 years of serious and debilitation chronic pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. The change in her quality of life changed my perspective about what one could do with serious inflammation, no matter the cause.

Fish Oil BookI have interviewed Dr. Maroon numerous times and you will hear more of his interviews going forward. He has written extensively on the benefits of omega-3 and other important anti-inflammatory and naturally occurring compounds. He has written several books including Fish Oil, The Natural Anti-Inflammatory. This is the subject of this interview. I want you to realize the significance of what Dr. Maroon  reveals. If you have a chronic inflammatory health condition, you need to understand this important topic. Fish oil and other marine lipids are critical to normalize inflammation. You need to increase omega-3 and decrease omega-6. If you do this, your health will change in profound ways. If you fail to do this, you will never normalize your inflammatory status. Simple as that, but incredibly profound. If you spend anytime listening to our interviews on omega-3 you will come to the same conclusion. Nothing else will do what omega-3 will do for you.

Here are a few important facts about Dr. Maroon that should impress you.

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  • Dr. Maroon is one of the top 10 back neurosurgeons in America.
  • Dr. Maroon is the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, since 1982.
  • In studies, Dr. Maroon found that therapeutic fish oil would eliminate the need for pain medication in 60% of his patients.
  • Dr. Maroon has determined that 3000 to 4000 mg of EPA plus DHA is a therapeutic dose.

This is not to suggest that fish oil is the only natural anti-inflammatory. While it is the most foundational, there are many others that can be very useful. These include curcumin, boswellia, green tea, white willow bark, resveratrol and more. CLICK HERE to read more on Dr. Maroon’s blog.

“In 2005, I conducted my first research study on fish oil supplements. I surveyed 125 of my non-surgical spine pain patients who I had also recommended to take O3 fish oil supplements. The survey showed a surprising number – 60% had obtained significant spine pain relief and almost the same amount – 59% — were able to stop taking NSAID pain medications and rely solely upon O3 supplements for pain relief. I published  these results in Surgical Neurology, which prompted an editorial from the senior editor to encourage more neurosurgeons to learn about alternative treatments. In 2006, I wrote about the benefits of fish oil in my book, Fish Oil: The Natural Ant-Inflammatory (Basic Health Publications, 2006).

I continued to use O3 supplements as the first line of treatment for my patients with non-surgical spine pain. They can have tremendously positive benefit and can be taken for a lifetime. As with any supplement, I urge my patients to take a high quality pharmaceutical grade product. To date, the vast majority of my patients are very happy and highly compliant with these supplements.” Quote from Dr. Maroon. CLICK HERE to read more.

About Dr. Joseph Maroon
Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with more than 20 years of clinical experience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Dr. Maroon is regarded as a premiere specialist in the surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spine, specializing in minimally invasive procedures. Consistently listed in America’s Best Doctors for the past 20 years. He has been the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1982. Dr. Maroon is an expert and consultant in the areas of sports nutrition, concussion management, and brain and spinal problems. He is an internationally competing Ironman triathlete.


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