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Arthritis Remedies

Helpful arthritis remediesMany people think arthritis is a natural consequence of ageing. Imagine hearing at forty that your stiff shoulder was probably arthritis, because after all you are getting older? Not a good way to make points, people. The biggest problem is that people hear arthritis and they begin taking daily doses of NSAIDS, because that is what they have heard is the best. The NSAIDS then cause a myriad of other problems that in turn are blamed on ageing. By the time the person turns fifty they feel, look and act old!

What if our basic premise is wrong? What if arthritis is not a natural consequence of ageing? What is there is something that we can really do about it? At home? Without drugs? Studies are showing that this is far closer to the truth. First of all we need to remember that there are two types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the distal joints, so it usually occurs at the ends of our hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and usually affects both sides of the body equally. Those with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

Knuckle cracking is not a lifestyle factor in either type of arthritis, but smoking, obesity, diabetes and PFCís (those nasty compounds that are found in nonstick cookware) are. Another source of rheumatoid arthritis is a Vitamin D deficiency. This may be one reason women in colder climates seem to get it more often than men or those from warmer climates that get more sun. This may also be why people who live in the north retire to the warmer climates. They think the lack of cold is helping, but it is really the increase in Vitamin D due to increased sunshine.

An interesting tool to combat arthritis, especially osteoarthritis is broccoli. Yes, you read that right, broccoli! It turns out that a compound in the broccoli blocks an enzyme that damages cartilage. It has also been shown that this same compound is effective in preventing cancer. Bring on the broccoli! If you donít like the flavor you might consider broccoli sprouts. They contain even more than the adult plant.

One thing that causes either form of arthritis to hurt more is nightshades. This isnít true for everyone, but more people are sensitive to the solanine in these fruits and vegetables. If there is any inflammation in the body it acts like gasoline on a fire. Other issues you may notice are stiffness, loss of energy, headaches and respiratory problems. These all fade away as you avoid these foods.

Besides avoiding things that make it worse there are a few things you can do to get rid of the pain and swelling of arthritis. Turmeric is one of them. Supplementing with turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation better than NSAIDS, and without the destructive side effects. Another natural substance is bromelain. This is a group of enzymes from pineapple that reduce inflammation. There are other enzymes that do the same thing, but this is the one most people recognize by name. A third substance to reach for is organic sulfur. This is the precursor to chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate that you have heard so much about. Arnia is a topical gel or lotion that has been shown to help relieve the pain and stiffness. Essential oils can be helpful, especially from the mint family or in special blends for pain. White will bark dates back to the 5th century BC. Itís salicin is converted in the body to salicylic acid. Aspirin is a chemical version of this acid, but because it is chemical comes with side effects the white willow avoids.

As you can see, there are many options to the medicine counter at your neighborhood drugstore. Many of them come with health producing side effects rather than the health reducing ones associated with chemicals.

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