Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes swelling and pain. Arthritic conditions fall into two categories: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is more common than rheumatoid arthritis. In Osteoarthritis, the pain and inflammation occur when the cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other wears down due to injury or the normal wear and tear of life. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an inappropriate immune reaction, in which white blood cells attack the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage damage is made worse by poor diet, mineral deposits in the joints and changes in weather.
Arthritis appears in joints that do most of the body’s hardwork: the knees, hips, spine and hands.
Recommended Food: – Flaxseeds and cold -water fish are high in essential fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties. Fiber in the form of raw vegetables and whole grains help sweep away mineral and acid-build up. Foods high in sulphur (onion, garlic, cabbage) will help repair cartilage and bone. To keep cartilage lubricated and healthy, drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. Dehydration has been linked to arthritis pain. Raw pineapple (whole or juiced) has an enzyme called bromelain which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Foods To Avoid: Animal products generally worsen inflammation in the joints. Avoid eggs, dairy and meat with the exception of fish which contains anti-inflammatory oils.
2) NUTRACEUTICALS :
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: These two compounds reduce joint pain and rebuild cartilage but are specific for only osteoarthritis.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): MSM has natural anti-inflammatory benefits and contains sulphur, an integral component of cartilage.
Fish Oil: Fish oil contains a direct source of the omega-3 fatty acids that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication. This makes it a better choice than flaxseed oil.
Cayenne Cream: Capsaicin depletes the nerves of substance P, a neurotransmitter that transmits pain messages.
3) Oral analgesics are often used but care should be taken to use NSAIDS for short periods or selective COX-2-inhibitors for longer periods. Topical analgeics can also be used.