Natural Arthritis Remedies For An Active Lifestyle
Posted Sep 22 2010 12:00am
Andrea Mills, D.C.
are living longer, staying active in
their golden years and want to remain active. With the dangers of osteoarthritis drugs hitting the news, we
want remedies that are safe and work.
This is one of the reasons that natural remedies for arthritis are getting more
found that for many complaints, natural
cures work just as well, if not better, than over the counter or
arthritis remedies are:
Safe and effective
Less expensive than
Easy to find
Easy to use
you are just starting to look at natural cures, I suggest you start by learning
about the different foods that help arthritis. Changing your diet is the
simplest thing you can do to help ease your pain for the long term. It's not a
quick fix, but it can be very effective!
An important thing to include in your diet are omega-3 fatty acids. They are found in cold water
fish like salmon, herring, and sardines and also in some nuts or seeds, like
flax seeds. They are called "essential" fatty acids because we need
them, but our bodies cannot make them on our own, so they must be gotten from
food. They naturally decrease inflammation which is why they are classified as
a natural remedy for arthritis.
are 3 types of omega-3 fatty acids, and the 2 that are the most needed are EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). They are important
because they have been shown to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is one of the
most important risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart
disease, cancer, and of course, arthritis.
here's the problem with the typical American diet... omega-3's should make up
about 1/4 to 1/2 of our fat intake; but most American's eat only a fraction of
that and use mostly omega-6 fatty acids as their primary source (these come
from safflower, sunflower, corn, sesame, walnut, and primrose oils). While omega-6's
are also essential, they tend to promote inflammation if high quantities. In
the proper ratio, omega-3's decrease inflammation in the body. The easiest way
to do this is to take a pure, pharmaceutical grade omega-3 supplement with the
right ratio of EPA and DHA in it.
of omega-3's for adults (from fish oils) would be between 1-3 grams daily of
EPA and DHA. It may take 2 - 3 weeks for benefits of fish oil supplements to be
for natural remedies for arthritis
most commonly taken for arthritis are Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin
sulfate, hyaluronic acid, calcium, MCHC (Microcrystalline Hydroxyapetite
Concentrate) and Omega-3 fatty acids. Glucosamine and Chondroitin come in
different forms, like Glucosamine HCl, but for simplicity's sake I'm only going
to use the term Glucosamine. It's found naturally in high concentrations in the
joints, and it appears to help rebuild cartilage.
Typical dosage of Glucosamine is 1500 mg a day, in 3 doses of 500 mg
each. This appears to be the level at which it's best absorbed and used.
was first extracted in the 1960's and appears to have slightly more evidence
showing it helps with arthritis symptoms. It's a bigger chemical than
glucosamine, so there's some belief that it isn't absorbed as easily. It's
often found together with glucosamine in many natural remedies for arthritis.
of chondroitin is 1200 mg a day in divided doses of 400 mg three times a day or
600 mg twice a day.
found in synovial fluid (inside the joint) and has both anti-inflammatory and
C is a
main part of collagen and is used in every step of it's formation. This means
that it gets used up in the process of making collagen and as vitamin C levels
go down, joint inflammation appears to go up. Manganese helps with the
growth and development of normal bone.
prefer supplements to medications for one big reason, and that’s safety. The
problem with using osteoarthritis drugs long term is that many of them get
pulled off the market because the side effects are so dangerous (remember the
Vioxx debacle?). So when it comes to trying supplements, dietary changes and
other natural remedies, I think they are worth a try. There are relatively no
side effects, they won't cost you thousands of dollars, and there's a great
chance you'll get some relief.
are also herbs for arthritis that you can use in cooking, in supplement form,
or as a cream that you rub on to the aching joints.
I hope this article inspires you to look at natural cures for arthritis pain.
For more information, please visit natural-arthritis-relief.com .