Managing Arthritis Pain Calcium and Vitamins
by: Steven Godlewski  
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.

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
arthritis sufferers:

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 themselves.

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.

Copyright 2006

About The Author

Steven Godlewski is a self-made millionaire and is currently working with the staff at
He has an extensive background in nutrition as well as other health
related fields. For more health-related articles see their website at:
This article was posted on September 01, 2006

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