For most people arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages.
Joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can be managed through
a combination of vitamins, medication, exercise, rest, weight-management, nutrition,
and, in some cases, surgery. Arthritis is a chronic disease that will be with you for a
long time and possibly for the rest of your life. Your treatments will probably change
over time and medication may be adjusted. Having a positive mental outlook and the
support of family and friends will help you live with arthritis and be able to continue to
perform your daily activities.
Before going any further, it is important that you remember to discuss any and all
vitamins and supplements with your doctor before adding anything to your diet.
Though it is not common, some vitamins and supplements can have adverse
reactions with medications you may already be taking. Do not stop taking any
prescribed medications without first talking to your doctor.
As an alternative to getting your RDA through diet, many people now take vitamin
supplements. The following list of vitamins are known to be especially beneficial to
Vitamin B5 - When grouped together B vitamins work at their peak, B5 specifically
being good for reducing swelling.
Vitamin B3 - This vitamin reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, improved
grip strength and joint mobility and increasing blood flow. Note that Vitamin B3 is NOT
advised for persons with high blood pressure, gout or sliver disorders.
Vitamin B6 - Another B that reduces tissue swelling. B-6 shrinks the synovial
membranes that line the weight-bearing surfaces of the joints. It thus helps to control
pain and to restore mobility in the elbows, shoulders, knees and other joints.
Vitamin B12 - This vitamin aids in multiple functions. It helps with cell formation,
digestion, myelin production, nerve protection.
Vitamin C - This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain, and rids the body
of free radicals. In addition to reducing inflammation, vitamin C also helps form
collagen, the protein "glue" that holds cells together. Collagen is especially important
in connective tissue to insure healthy ligaments, cartilage, tendons and the joints
Vitamin E - This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while
increases joint flexibility.
Vitamin K - This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.
Selenium and Zinc- The antioxidant nutrients such as selenium and zinc might also be
effective because of their ability to stop free radical damage to joint linings that in turn
causes the accumulation of fluids, swelling and associated pain.
Chondroitin - the key structural component in cartilage and plays an important role in
the maintenance of joint cartilage.
These guidelines will help you evaluate supplements to relieve arthritis symptoms. If
used under the guidance of your physician, you may find a dietary supplement to
compliment your current arthritis therapy regimen. You just need the right
information to help you separate potentially useful supplements from the rest.
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Arthritis is a complex disorder
that comprises more than 100
distinct conditions and can affect
people at any stage of life. Two
of the most common forms are
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis. These two forms have
very different causes, risk
factors, and effects on the body.
The most common symptom in
both is persistent joint pain. The
joint pain of arthritis can appear
as hip pain, knee pain, hand pain,
or wrist pain, as well as joint pain
in other areas of the body.
Managing Arthritis Pain - Calcium and Vitamins
by Steven Godlewski
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