The Best Natural Remedies for Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation within a joint. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection or age. Most people complain about joint pain which can be very uncomfortable, especially for active people. To ease the pain, many people take prescription drugs or pain relievers which help for the short term but they have their own side effects.

This article will cover natural remedies for arthritis for people who prefer the natural alternative. In any case, you need to consult with your doctor before taking any supplement to make sure it doesn’t interfere with current medications you take.
Below you can find natural remedies for arthritis that might be a helpful in relieving its symptoms:

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine reduces the symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. It is naturally synthesized in our body and present in our connective tissues such as the cartilage in our knees. As we age, we lose the amount of this substance in our body, which leads to thinning of cartilage, and that might progress to osteoarthritis. Glucosamine cannot regenerate cartilage, but can prevent further loss and stop the progression of arthritis. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t have serious side effects.

Chondroitin is another building block of the connective tissue in our body. Its role is to stimulate the cartilage cells, and therefore works well with glucosamine to improve regeneration and recovery of the tissues. It is recommended to take chondroitin together with glucosamine, as taking these two substances alone doesn’t seem to do very much. The effect of taking glucosamine and chondroitin takes about 8-12 weeks until you see results. The recommended dose is 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate a day in divided doses, and 800-1,500 mg of chondroitin sulfate. If you are allergic to sulfate, use hydrochloride version.

Omega 3

Taking omega 3 is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health. Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) has anti inflammatory properties. As inflammation always accompanies joint pain, omega 3 helps to reduce the discomfort of arthritis and relieve pain. Omega 3 is found in fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. There are also plant sources of omega 3 (ALA), but it is less powerful than seafood (read more about the different sources of omega 3 in my previous article). Fish oil supplements are a good way to get the health benefits of omega 3. Recommended dose is 2-3 grams a day. There is also a liquid form in which recommended dose is one tablespoon a day, or even less than that.

Shea nut oil

Shea nut oil has natural plant components that are anti inflammatory. A recent study found that taking shea nut oil decreases significantly the inflammation and cartilage degeneration. Take as directed in the label.

Turmeric

One of the active ingredients in turmeric is called curcumin, and is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis. It is claimed that turmeric reduces arthritis joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness related to arthritis. The recommended dose is 250 to 500 mg, three times a day. It is recommended to take turmeric in capsule form rather than as tablets. Tablets are heated, and a stabilizer is added to help them hold their shape. Heating reduces the potency of the herb, whereas capsules are freeze-dried, thus remaining fresher. While turmeric is probably the most known herb to treat joint pain, there are other effective herbs that can relieve joint pain. See a list of them in my previous article the best herbs to relieve joint pain and how to use them.

Safflower capsules

The benefits of safflower are relatively new to the West, but this plant has a centuries-old tradition of medicinal use in Asia. Extract from the flower of the plant provides natural alternatives for joint discomfort of arthritis, and it has properties that reduce pain and inflammation. You can purchase it as a supplement.

MSM

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, fish, and grains. It is marketed as a dietary supplement for pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Recommended dose is 1,000 to 4,000 mg daily.

MSM benefits are based on testimonials but little valid scientific data. Although there is great interest in using MSM to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, more research is needed to determine its benefits and risks.

source: healthyandnaturalworld