There is a great deal of debate in the medical world about the effects of overall diet on arthritis and using diet toward alleviating the condition. Doctors have known for a long time that diet affects gout, a specific type of arthritic condition, however the jury remained out for a long time on other common types of arthritis such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
However, overall dietary health is important and does come into play. Being overweight can affect certain arthritic conditions, forcing some joints to carry more of a load. This added weight stresses the joints, causing overuse or more wear to components, and pain, especially in the knees. So making sure arthritic sufferers eat god foods and get help from healthcare providers to create and follow a well-balanced dietary plan is advised.
To begin, here is a look at some vitamins, minerals, nutrients / foods and some herbal applications to consider.
Vitamin B5 When grouped and tanked together, B vitamins work at their peak. They, and B5 specifically, are good for reducing swelling.
Vitamin B3 This vitamin reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, 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.
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.
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.
Boron This trace mineral aids in bone health.
Calcium This is a much-needed mineral for bone health.
Magnesium Magnesium helps keep calcium in balance within the system.
Zinc This mineral is necessary for bone growth, but is often lacking in arthritic patients.
Manganese Manganese is also necessary for bone growth. However, do not ingest manganese with calcium because they can work against each other.
Copper Copper helps to strengthen connective tissue.
Germanium This antioxidant helps with pain relief.
Sulfur A lack of sulfur can result in deterioration of ligaments, cartilage, collagen and tendons.
Chondroitin Sulfate This lubrication in joints, joint fluid and connective tissue, can be found in the sea cucumber.
Gelatin Help with raw cartilage replenishing with this cheap source.
Glucosamine Sulfate This combo is necessary for tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, and synovial (joint) fluid formation.
Quercetin This helps with inflammation reduction.
Type II Collagen Use this for growth and repair of joints, articular cartilage and connective tissue.