Sunday, July 24, 2011

Natural Medicine for Arthritis – Best Food Supplements to help Treat and Prevent Arthritis

If you are looking for a form of natural Medicine for arthritis to help you relieve painful symptoms or just doing research for any reason. You probably already know what arthritis is and what the underlying causes of the different forms of arthritis are. But just in case you don't know and are just looking for some natural medicine for arthritis. I am going to give a very brief explanation of what arthritis is.

Arthritis is very simply put damage and inflammation of the joints in the body. Now in order to understand how natural medicine for arthritis can be helpful we need to have a bit of basic understanding of the joints in our body. So let's explain this short and simple. The joints usually effected are synovial joints.

There are three main parts of the joint

  1. Bone
  2. Cartilage
  3. Synovial membrane and fluid
The joint is made of two bone ends coated with cartilage with a space which is filled with the synovial fluid that lubricates the joint so the cartilage slide over each other smoothly. The entire joint is also covered in the synovial membrane which renews the synovial fluids.

Now either because of wearing out of the cartilage (osteoarthritis) or inflammation caused by over stimulation of the immune system (rheumatoid arthritis), the synovial fluid in the joint dries up and the cartilage starts to grind against each other. Eventually what can happen is that even the actual bones can start to rub against each other. This damaging of cartilage and bone causes pain and more inflammation.

Supplement Dosage What does it do?
Bromelain Bromelain should be taken three times a day or as suggested on label, preferably between mealsBromelain is an enzyme which helps the body to reduce inflammation
Chondroitin sulfate500-100 mg per dayHelps to strengthen joints ligaments and tendons
Omega 3 fatty acids1000-3000 mg per day taken with mealsHelps to control inflammation as well as pain
Glucosamine sulfate500-100mg per dayHelp to protect and rejuvenate bones, cartilage and synovial fluids and membrane
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)500-1000 mg three times per dayHelps to reduce inflammation, aid joint and tissue repair and reduce pain
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)400 mg two times per dayHelps to reduce pain and inflammation

Warning – should not be taken if you suffer from depression
Sea cucumber (beche-de-mer)Should be taken as directed on labelContains lubricating compounds which are also found in joint and synovial fluids
Silica Should be taken as directed on labelHelps rejuvenation of bones
Superoxide dismutase (SOD)Should be taken as directed on labelAntioxidant which protects the joints from free radical damage
Calcium and magnesium + copper, vitamin D3 and zincShould be taken as directed on labelThey all are helpful to protect and rejuvenate bone and protective tissue


These are not the only supplements that can be take to help treat arthritis with natural medicine but the top ten.

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