Let’s Admit It: Everyone Secretly Hates Rheumatoid Arthritis
Natural Remedies For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Premature aging, pollution, and environmental causes are important factors in an individual's life, but how the individual deals with these factors directly influences the condition of their body. The human body has numerous mechanisms to repair and maintain itself, but unfortunately, many of the same mechanisms involved in the repair of the body are also involved in the aggravation of the symptoms of arthritis.
While the skin, joints, and muscles report muscle degeneration, the cardiovascular system also shows signs of degeneration, and scientists are learning how environmental factors can encourage premature aging of the skin, joints, and muscles without affecting the heart.
Actions of free radicals on the skin, ligaments, and tendons are aggravating factors for people with RA, and antioxidants protect the skin, joints, and heart. The specific nature of the antioxidants does not isolate one form of the antioxidant from another, but rather tells the antioxidant to work efficiently against a common enemy.
As an individual with RA takes antioxidant supplements and makes sure to get enough vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium, they can improve their skin, joints, and heart health. The nutritional needs of people with RA are complicated and must be taken into consideration, but there are some foods that are rich in the antioxidants that may help to relieve some of the symptoms of the disease. The following foods are recommended as possible supplements to the diet of people with RA:
Prunes, Unprocessed rye flour, Olives, Chicken, Fat-free mozzarella cheese, pickles, Red wine, and dark beer, Broccoli, a handful of berries, Total virgin olive oil
It is suggested that an individual with RA eat the foods listed above three times per day in quantities Effective Vitamin E (200-400 mg/day) and Selenium (10-400 micrograms/day) may improve visual function and alleviate some of the symptoms of RA. Currently, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Nutrition, Inc. is conducting clinical trials to investigate the potential of combinations of supplements in individuals with RA to relieve symptoms, but these data are just being released at this time.
It is strongly recommended that an individual with RA follow a diet that is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, amino acids, and carotenoids (found in red food) as they can prevent further deterioration of their body. Consuming food high in antioxidants daily may also prevent other forms of arthritis from occurring.
Vitamin D Supplementation may also be suggested for individuals with decreased vitamin D status and rheumatoid arthritis. Recent studies have indicated that vitamin D supplementation may reduce the pain of RA by 35-45%. Vitamin D is produced in the skin upon exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. The nine magnesium studies cited in Wikipedia cited studies by the American Dietetic Association which found that the average increase in vitamin D levels was 9.8% for patients taking 50 mg of vitamin D 3 daily and that the risks of treatment were only 1.2% for those who were taking less than 50mg. I think there is a link here somewhere!
Although I do believe in the science of supplementation, I also think that carbohydrates are just as important to a healthy diet as are proteins, fats, and vitamins. Furthermore, carbohydrates are one of the best sources of valuable energy for workouts and other activities, including strength training. As we get older, we require carbohydrates more energy because we lose the ability to produce glycogen naturally from protein and fat - two of our main body functions.
Carbohydrates are ranked in one of the four major categories in terms of their proportion in the diet:
- Medium chain and short chain fatty acids
- High glycemic index/low glycemic index
- Unprocessed or raw fiber
- Refined and processed fiber
Studies have shown that individuals with poor glycemic control have a variety of health issues including increased risk of heart disease, increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, increased risk of obesity, increased risk of certain cancers, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of maintaining weight over a healthy weight. According to salmon external studies, diets low in glycemic index foods are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Recent research shows that diets of Alaska seafood (particularly salmon and crab) are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease as well.
Herbs, Supplements, and Vitamins for rheumatoid arthritis.
- Borage Oil
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cat’s Claw
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Omega-3 Fish Oil
- Green tea
- Celery seed
- Vitamin D
- White willow bark
- Pau D’Arco
Some people report temporary relief from their RA symptoms when using some complementary therapies. These treatments covered in this guide should not replace your current medications.