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Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, causing redness, swelling, stiffness and pain.  There are more than a hundred different types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common.  Arthritis can also be a symptom of some other medical conditions, such as infections, Lyme disease, lupus, etc.

Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease.  It involves deterioration of the cartilage covering the bones.  The cartilage surface becomes rough and causes friction during movements.  Sometimes, bone spurs may develop as the condition advances.  More women are affected by osteoarthritis than men. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis and is an autoimmune disorder.  In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system identifies the synovial membrane (thin membrane covering the joint capsule) as foreign, this causes inflammation of the synovial membrane which in turn, damages cartilage and surrounding tissues.  In severe cases, scar tissues may form, causing the bones to fuse together.  Rheumatoid arthritis causes stiffness, swelling and often crippling pain.

Arthritis is often treated with drugs which help to reduce pain and inflammation, such as analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Cox-2 inhibitors, corticosteroids, and immune-suppressing drugs.

 

Food supplements for arthritis:

Bromelain

Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapple.  It helps protein digestion if taken after meals.  If taken in between meals, Bromelain can be used to treat a wide range of conditions.  Bromelain reduces inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Chondroitin sulfate + Glucosamine

Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are natural compounds found in and around the cells of cartilage. Chondroitin is a complex carbohydrate that helps the cartilage retain water.  Glucosamine is an amino sugar that distributes in cartilages.  Chondroitin and glucosamine are important for the health of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. For arthritis patients with moderate to severe pain, chondroitin sulfate combined with glucosamine provide pain relief similar to NSAIDs. 

 

Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil)

EFAs increase the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and help to control arthritis pain and reduce inflammation.

 

MSM

A biologically active form of sulfur that reduces inflammation and joint pain.  It is usually used with other joint supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3 essential fatty acids and niacinamide as they have synergistic effects if used together.

 

Sea cucumber

Sea cucumber is a good source of chondroitin and used to treat arthritis, tendonitis and joint pain.

 

Superoxide dismutase (SOD)

Studies have shown that low levels of SOD are correlated with chronic pain and arthritis.  SOD supplementation protects our body from arthritis diseases.  It also reduces inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.

 

Multivitamin and mineral complex

A balance of vitamins and minerals is essential for the repair of tissue and cartilage.  Multivitamin and mineral complex protects our body from free radicals, increases blood flow, and reduces inflammation and swelling of tissue.

 

Boswellia

An Ayurvedic remedy for arthritis.  Studies in India have shown that boswellia is effective in reducing inflammation.  Boswellin cream is used topically to control pain.

 

Turmeric (curcumin)

Turmeric contains the active ingredient, curcumin, which inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and reduces arthritis pain.

 

Yucca

Yucca has been traditionally used as an arthritis remedy.  Yucca extract reduces the swelling, pain, and stiffness of arthritis.

 

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