Anitoxidants, Vitamins Supplements and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Posted Jul 02 2010 7:40am
Vitamins and antioxidants in foods and even supplements may not provide the benefits for those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that was once believed. For those not familiar with RA, the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (OA) is that an individual will die from RA but only dies with OA. Both will affect the joints of the body, among other things. However, it turns out that even some foods and vitamins are questionable in helping those dealing with RA. We recommend Juice Plus+® because it is a whole food nutritional supplement with nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables. Juice Plus+® is not a substitute for those foods though, but provides more than just one or two vitamins. Here is more on the report about whether or not vitamins and supplements are questionable in helping those with RA --
RA is not the same as osteoarthritis, which develops with age or with wear-and-tear on the joints. RA occurs much less often, but is usually more severe. RA and lupus are both autoimmune disorders.
The researchers tracked nearly 185,000 women for up to 24 years. Overall, they found no clear relationship between the women's estimated intake of antioxidants -- including vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene -- and their likelihood of being diagnosed with RA or lupus.
The findings contradict hints from earlier research that women with higher intake of antioxidants might have lower risks of developing these diseases.
One reason for checking whether antioxidants in the diet would have an effect is that people with RA and lupus have lower antioxidant levels in their blood than healthy individuals. And studies in mice have shown that giving antioxidants helps reduce the type of immune-system-triggered inflammation that's associated with these diseases.
Not only do antioxidants help control inflammation, but they also protect body tissue from potentially cell-damaging particles called reactive oxygen species.
But in the new study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found no link between the women's reported antioxidant intake and their risk of developing RA or lupus. The women were participating in the Nurses' Health Study and Nurses' Health Study II, two large projects that have tracked lifestyle factors and disease risk among nearly 240,000 U.S. women since 1976 and 1989, respectively.
The study had its limitations -- including the fact that it was observational. The researchers merely asked the women about their antioxidant intake and then observed what happened to them over time, so the outcomes may just be coincidental. A study in which participants are randomly assigned to take antioxidant supplements or not, then have their RA and lupus rates followed over time, would provide stronger evidence as to whether the nutrients affect the risk of developing the diseases.
Comment: The best diet should include plenty of plant-based foods. Those are the sources of naturally occuring antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that all work together to benefit the body, whether or not there is an ailment or condition being fought or if you're in good health. The reality is that you're body is constantly fighting the elements, whether your know it or not. Symptoms appear last when there is a health problem. You don't get a fever, then have an infection for example. Bottom line about these vitamins studies, don't take themtoo seriously. The drug makers and medical associations get no benefit from you taking better care of yourself. If you believe that vitamins don't provide any benefit, then "they" think you won't be interested in taking any nutritional supplement (like one that provides whole food nutrition, like Juice Plus+® ), and go back to your diet. The truth is that plenty of fruits and vegetables, grapes and berries can provide the prevention of sickness and disease if you are consistently consuming enough of them each day. Even depression can be assisted by a healthy diet. Not that you're guaranteed not to be sick or disease-free for life...that depends on the things you avoid just as much as those healthy things you consume.
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