Nutrition and arthritis
Learn how proper nutrition can help remedy arthritis.

In America there is one out of every seven people that suffer from some form of arthritis. There are over one hundred different forms of arthritis, all having much of the same characteristics, such as joint inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and pain. Two most common forms of arthritis are Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is where the joint cartilage usually breaks down people with this kind of arthritis may have defective cartilage that makes it not withstand normal wear and tear and rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that can cause severe pain and crippling and this arthritis develops when an overactive immune system attacks connective tissue in the joints causing inflammation and pain.

It has been noted that during the past most doctors dismissed diet as having any part in the preventive role of arthritis. But in today’s medical world there has been research that has proved this theory wrong. Researchers have found out that glucosamine, a natural body substance that protects cartilage and stimulates its growth, and chondroitin, a substance found in gristle and cartilage. The studies show that the combination of these two slows and possible may reverse the effects of Osteoarthritis. You can find these two supplements in health food stores.

They have also found through research that fatty oils aid in reducing inflammation, pain and redness in many forms of arthritis. Omega-3 in the main oil, this oil can be found in salmon, sardines, halibut and other cold-water fish. Doctors suggest eating these fish at least three to four servings per week. There are fish oil supplement tablets available, but they are not as good as eating the fish itself. There is also a cream available to rub on swollen joints, it is called capsaicin, contains an oil found in red peppers. Capsaicin is absorbed through the skin and reduces inflammation.

Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis so many people who suffer are constantly looking for relief. Take heed, there are many medicines and therapies available that state that are the miracle cure. Most are worthless and sometimes dangerous. It is best to consult your doctor before venturing into an unknown cure.