What is arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, putting it simply. There are quite a number of types of arthritis, but the 2 most common are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, where the body’s immune system attacks itself. The systemic response leads to inflammation and pain, and can lead to damage to the joints and tissues.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis, which causes deterioration of the joints and tissues. Over time tissue and joints begin to break down, reducing the cushioning of joints. Scar tissue forms, and can become very painful.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: needed for the formation and strengthening of joints, bones, ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Many people with osteoarthritis have great results using these 2 supplements.
Omega 3 fatty acids: used to help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Fish oil and krill oil are the most common types of Omega 3’s used for treating arthritis.
Bromelain: bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. Helps reduce inflammation. Can either be taken as a supplement, or try eating your pineapple cores! The highest amounts of bromelain are found in the core, which most people just throw in the bin.
MSM: is a high sulphur compound that helps reduce inflammation and repair joint and tissue damage.
Curcumin: this is an extract of turmeric that has been used in the treatment of arthritis. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory. You can either use it as a supplement, or you can use turmeric in its whole form.
There are a number of other supplements that can help with arthritis, but these are the most common.
Foods to eat:
Turmeric: as mentioned before, curcumin, found in turmeric, is an amazing anti-inflammatory. Try adding it to smoothies, curries, or see our Turmeric Milk later in the week. This is a drink I have almost daily to help with systemic inflammation.
Omega 3 fatty acids: as mentioned above, the use of an Omega 3 supplement can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with Arthritis. I also advise eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty foods, such as salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, linseeds, sardines.
Bone Broth: this is an old remedy that has made a huge comeback recently. The benefits of bone broth include natural forms of glucosamine and chondroitin. It can help repair joint, tissue, cartilage and ligament damage.
Sulphur rich foods: sulphur rich foods such as cabbage, onion, garlic and eggs, help repair and rebuild bone, connective tissue and cartilage damage.
Boswellia, Ginger and Nettle Leaf: these 3 herbs all have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also has pain relieving properties.
For many people arthritis can be very debilitating. Incorporating some of these suggestions into your day, may help reduce the severity of arthritis and help manage pain and inflammation.
Disclaimer: This information is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care provider before using this product.