“Quercetin is also known to help reduce inflammation, while Type II Collagen plays a role in growth and repair of joints, articular cartilage and connective tissue.
Because of the risk in overdosing, one should be discouraged from taking doses of vitamins that are higher than recommended without a physician’s direction.
Some vitamins and minerals can actually worsen certain conditions, and the concentration that can be attained through vitamins can be dangerous. It is always better to increase in vitamin or mineral intake through your normal diet.
Foods To Avoid
There are many factors to consider with regards to arthritic diets and nutritional healing, and each factor may not apply to each individual.
For example, certain people are allergic to specific foods, and these allergies can indeed worsen arthritic conditions. The best way to approach the situation is to examine each arthritic condition and tailor one’s approach based upon the specifics.
Ingesting foods that contain sodium nitrate or tartrazine can inflame rheumatoid arthritis, while ingesting foods containing a substance called hydrazine can contribute to an arthritic condition connected to lupus.
Black walnuts can cause flare-ups in people a rare type of arthritis called Behcet’s Disease.
With osteoarthritis, deterioration of cartilage is a concern. Since there is some evidence that Vitamin A, contributes to cartilage deterioration, those with osteoarthritis should avoid large doses of it.
Although clinical proof is not available, anecdotal evidence suggests that in the case of fibromyalgia, eliminating wheat, dairy, citrus, sugar, aspartame (Nutrasweet), alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco can provide relief.
Many nutritionists and naturopaths suggest that those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis avoid dairy products all together, as they seem to exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups.
The report “”I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too”” suggests that white flour aggravates arthritis symptoms.
HERBAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS
Many natural remedies and supplements have been found to actually reduce cartilage deterioration and even rebuild a patient’s lost cartilage. However, before adding any to your daily routine, check with your healthcare advisor, as supplements can cause adverse reactions and may not be right for your situation. So use caution.
The most popular dietary supplements for arthritis sufferers are chondroitin, fish oil and glucosamine.
Chondroitin can draw fluid into the cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability and weight control, as more weight equals more joint pressure.
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that play a role in controlling inflammation in the body.
Recent studies have shown that the cartilage-building substance called glucosamine is effective for the long-term relief of osteoarthritis pain. In some people, glucosamine appears to even slow the deterioration of joints over time and reinforce joint cartilage. Whether or not it can actually reverse the disease is still unclear.
In some instances, glucosamine can be used in conjunction with MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) , a substance that appears to slow down the degeneration but is not yet proven and approved.
Read also: Discovering MSM
In a nutshell:
Chondroitin – Helps draw fluid into cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability.
Ginger – Antioxidant that acts as an inflammatory.
Glucosamine sulfate – Builds cartilage with very few side effects.
Magnets – Reported by some to be effective pain relievers
MSM – Organic sulfur used in reducing inflammation.
Nettle leaf – Can reduce a patient’s need for NSAIDS by up to 70 percent.
Vitamin E – Antioxidant is used primarily for osteoarthritis.
Vitamin B – Effective pain reliever. Works best on the knee.
Nothing can cure osteoarthritis, but nutritional supplements, the application of heat or cold to affected joints, exercise, and weight loss can improve the function and flexibility of your joints, and perhaps even slow the progress of the disease.
EXERCISES FOR ARTHRITIS PATIENTS
Exercise can be very beneficial for arthritis sufferers. Exercise relieves stiffness in joints, strengthens muscles, reduced stress on joints, keeps bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy, and increases flexibility.
Most doctors recommend exercise for arthritis patients. A recommended 30-minute minimum of daily activity is the norm. Speak to your physician to rule out unseen risks before starting any exercise program.
Yoga is also recommended for arthritis patients as it is helps to achieve flexibility and reduce mental and physical stress. Yoga has helped arthritic patients with improving confidence, mood, self-awareness, range of motion, relaxation, blood circulation, concentration, stress and pain reduction, health of bones, tendons, muscles and joint ligaments.
Whatever exercise program you choose, be sure to breathe properly when exercising. Oxygenation is important to any exercise regimen as it promotes a healthy heart rate, reduces fatigue and promotes circulation.
Listen to your body and look for signs of increased swelling of joints or any persistent increase of weakness; these are signs of activities that are too strenuous and a reduction in activity will be necessary.
There are three main types of exercises to include in a basic exercise program:
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