Natural, Safe Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain
“Natural remedies are much safer than prescription drugs and it is logical to try them first.” “Why shoot a mouse with an elephant gun?” It’s a good question to ask those suffering from osteoarthritis (the wear-and-tear type of arthritis). Why is it that so many of these people have never been advised to try natural approaches before using strong drugs which can cause major side effects and complications?
This vitamin is the most overlooked natural remedy in treating aging joints. It’s an indisputable fact that vitamin C is needed to produce healthy collagen, a vital component of cartilage. Unhealthy cartilage eventually means bones grind against one another causing pain. Researchers at Boston University Medical Center studied the vitamin C intake of 640 people. They discovered that those with a higher intake of vitamin C were protected against the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee and slowed the development of knee pain. Remember, animals make vitamin C and humans do not. Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel Prize winner, knew that humans receive more than enough C in the food they eat to prevent scurvy. But diet alone does not offer near enough vitamin C to prevent arthritis and coronary attack. Pauling took 20,000 milligrams (mg) daily. The recommended daily dose is 75 mg. If you decide to take high doses of vitamin C, you might experience diarrhea, in which case dial the dosage back. But your cardiovascular system and aging joints will thank you.
If you don’t use your joints, you lose them. Exercise gets the heart going, and this is the pumping mechanism that pushes vitamin C and other nutrients into joints to nourish the cartilage. Its under-use and poor maintenance, not just over-use, that causes so many people to need hip and knee replacements.
A sound diet is a powerful therapy for any condition and arthritis is no exception. Studies show that a mostly vegetarian diet has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect in improving joint pain. Patients with arthritis should concentrate on complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits. Fish oils contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which are high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which have been shown to reduce morning stiffness, the number of tender joints, and swollen joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. They help to ease arthritis pain by decreasing the production of prostaglandins, molecules made at sites of tissue damage or infection that control processes such as inflammation that cause pain. Take Certified Natural’s Omega3X capsules twice a day if you are not getting enough fish oil in your daily diet.
Turn to herbal extracts used for centuries in Asia and Africa to treat pain. Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, is obtained from the Boswellia serrata tree. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory compound that in recent years has been attracting significant attention. Boswellia has undergone human trials for knee pain in particular and can be used in the prevention and treatment of diverse chronic diseases. It is devoid of toxicities. Certified Natural’s Boswellia contains Casperome®, a new form of Boswellia that is better absorbed by the body. Faster absorption also means faster pain relief. Natural approaches to treating arthritis are safe and effective. But in North America every year, 26,000 people die from gastrointestinal bleeding due to taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil (ibuprofen) Naproxen, and others. Casperome® has been used safely and effectively together with NSAIDs, helping patients to reduce gradually the number of NSAIDs they need to block pain. Natural remedies can also have side effects. After all, it was hemlock that killed Socrates! But pound for pound, natural remedies are much safer than prescription drugs and it is logical to try them first. Turn to herbal extracts used for centuries in Asia and Africa to treat pain.