Diet Supplements for Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis
Vitamins (eg., A, C, D, E), and beta carotene
Minerals (eg., calcium, )
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Aloe Vera Gel
Vema Nutritional Product
Estrogen (for osteoporosis)
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A brief on some of the above products:
Glucosamine Sulfate / Glucosamine HCL
This is the biggest and best in this list. It has been extensively
studied in the sulfate form but the HCL form is equally as effective. The
sulfate of HCL is just a “carrier” molecule – pure Glucosamine is
unstable by itself so it needs to be combined with a carrier so it stays pure
and does not break down. There is some debate in terms of which carrier
molecule is better, but some of the better formulations will include
both, just in case one works better for you. Either way, you are getting
as pure of a Glucosamine as you can (assuming the manufacturer starts
with pure Glucosamine - many do not even tell you their purity).
This is the most beneficial ingredient behind Glucosamine. Chondroitin
Sulfate is a component of cartilage. In molecular terms, it is a
gigantic molecule, mainly composed of repeated chains of glucosamine sulfate.
Because of this, it functions in a way that is similar to glucosamine
ease joint discomfort and rebuild cartilage. Make sure you see
Chondroitin listed as one of the ingredients on the list of any product you buy.
MSM, also known as methylsulfonylmethane, is a major supplier of
sulfur, the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is related, but not
the same as another sulfur compound, DMSO. In animal studies, joints
affected by osteoarthritis have lower sulfur content. Mice with
arthritis, when given MSM, experience less joint deterioration. The results of a
preliminary double-blind trial stated that patients with osteoarthritis
found that MSM reduced pain after six weeks.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Fatty Acids can not be talked about enough when it comes to
helping out your entire body as well as treating arthritis pain. They
reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, as well as help to reduce
Coronary Heart Disease.
Manganese is a mineral essential to the formation of connective tissue
(such as cartilage). Manganese is extremely helpful for sufferers of
Arthritis and also aids in keeping bones strong and preventing
Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin)
Boswellia is probably best for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but due to its
anti-inflammatory properties, it is also effective for Osteoarthritis.
Boswellia inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as
leukotrienes. Long-term use of Boswellia, as opposed to NSAIDs, does not
appear to cause irritation or ulceration of the stomach.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin needed for the repair and growth
of tissues in all parts of the body. Vitamin C is essential for the
repair and maintenance of cartilage and bones as well as healing of wounds.
It is essential to form collagen, an important protein used to make
tendons, cartilage, ligaments, skin, blood vessels, and scar tissue. It
also acts as an antioxidant to offset the damage of free radicals.
Vitamin A plays an important role in bone formation and may also help
to reduce the symptoms of Osteoarthritis. It is also a potent
antioxidant and is needed to promote healthy bone development. Low Vitamin A may
lead to reduced bone mass and consequently osteoporosis.
Another antioxidant, Vitamin E may be helpful in both the prevention of
and the treatment of (pain relief and increased joint mobility)
Osteoarthritis. Vitamin E was tested against a NSAID (diclofenac) and was
found to be equally as effective. Vitamin E also has many antioxidant
Animal studies show that drinking soothing aloe vera can reduce
swelling and inflammation in arthritic joints. It has been used since early
recorded history for its first-aid like properties. Aloe Vera is one of
the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it
contains many minerals vital to the healthy function and growth process of all
the body's systems.
Bromelaine may be as effective as the NSAIDS, for pain reduction. It
may also help with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Use over time may also help with
connective tissue disorders. It also appears to have anti-inflammatory
According to the study “Yucca plant saponin in the management of
arthritis” (J Appl Nutr 1975;27:45–50) there is evidence that Yucca can aid
in Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis. Yucca may work by blocking the
release of intestinal toxins that inhibit normal formation of cartilage.
Written by John Chow, a practitioner
of Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, masseur, healer and teacher of martial arts
and spiritual paths in
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