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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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source: A.D.A.M. Multimedia Encyclopedia, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

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Dietary choices, supplements, and herbs that reduce inflammation may help prevent worsening amyloidosis. Amyloidosis should never be treated with complementary and alternative therapies alone. Work with a knowledgeable provider and inform all of your health care providers about any medications, herbs, or supplements you are taking.
 
Nutrition and Supplements:
Reducing salt intake can slow disease progression if the heart or kidneys are affected. No diet plan or supplements prevent or treat amyloidosis. The following supplements are sometimes used by people with amyloidosis:
 
Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, appear to attenuate a type of amyloidosis in mice. They may also help reduce inflammation in chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. No human studies support fish oil supplements as prevention or treatment for amyloidosis. Eating fish and seafood may be more beneficial than taking fish oil supplements. Fish oil can have a blood-thinning effect. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin, speak to your doctor before taking fish oil.
 
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