Arthritis DIETS & NUTRITIONAL
There is a great deal of debate in the medical world about
the effects of overall diet on Arthritis and using diet toward
alleviating the condition. Doctors have known for a long time
that diet affects gout, a specific type of arthritic condition,
however the jury remained out for a long time on other common
types of Arthritis such as rheumatoid and osteoArthritis.
However, overall dietary health is
important and does come into play. Being overweight can affect
certain arthritic conditions, forcing some joints to carry more
of a load. This added weight stresses the joints, causing
overuse or more wear to components, and pain, especially in the
knees. So making sure arthritic sufferers eat good foods and
get help from healthcare providers to create and follow a
well-balanced dietary plan is advised.
To begin, here is a look at some vitamins, minerals,
nutrients / foods and some herbal applications to consider.
Vitamin B5 – When grouped, B vitamins work at their peak.
They and B5 specifically, are good for reducing swelling.
Vitamin B3 – This vitamin reduces tissue swelling and
dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow. Note that
Vitamin B3 is NOT advised for persons with high blood pressure,
gout or liver disorders.
Vitamin B6 – Another B that reduces tissue swelling.
Vitamin B12 – This vitamin aids in multiple functions. It
helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, nerve
Vitamin C - This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory,
relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.
Vitamin E – This is a strong antioxidant that protects
joints from free radicals while increases joint
Vitamin K – This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into
the bone matrix.
Boron – This trace mineral aids in bone health.
Calcium – This is a much-needed mineral for bone health.
Magnesium – helps keep calcium in balance within the
Zinc – This mineral is necessary for bone growth, but is
often lacking in arthritic patients.
Manganese – is also necessary for bone growth. However, do
not ingest manganese with calcium because they can work against
Copper – helps to strengthen connective tissue.
Germanium – This antioxidant helps with pain relief.
Sulfur – A lack of sulfur can result in deterioration of
ligaments, cartilage, collagen and tendons.
Chondroitin Sulfate – This lubrication in joints, joint
fluid and connective tissue, can be found in the sea
Gelatin – Help with raw cartilage replenishing with this
Glucosamine Sulfate – This combo is necessary for tendon,
ligament, bone, cartilage, and synovial (joint) fluid
Quercetin – This helps with inflammation reduction.
Type II Collagen – Use this for growth and repair of joints,
articular cartilage and connective tissue.