Arthritis can cause extreme discomfort and pain to the affected joints, especially during a bad flare-up.
As winter fast approaches, suffers may find that flare-ups are more common and prolonged. With age, they can often be difficult to manage.
Whilst there are a lot of medications available to treat pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, sufferers may find that these don’t work as well during the bad flare-ups.
Natural Remedies for Arthritis
Natural remedies and supplements for arthritis are becoming more well known for their effects on pain and symptoms. Some of these natural remedies are even recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.
Here are 5 natural supplements you can take to reverse the Symptoms of Arthritis
SAM-e works to relieve pain and also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial for arthritis sufferers.
This is a naturally occurring chemical found within the body. After taking the supplement, users have reported that results can be felt in just one week. Most people will see improvements within a month. SAM-e treats pain and stiffness and works to combat joint swelling. Once these symptoms have eased, it can improve your mobility and help to rebuild cartilage.
SAM-e works closely with B-vitamins within the body. It is therefore important that you are getting the right amounts of Vitamin B,when taking the supplement.
Also known as Indian Frankincense, Boswellia Serrate comes from a gum resin found in the bark of the Boswellia tree in India.
The Boswellic acids, which are the active components found within the gum resin, are known to contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. This can help to prevent cartilage loss, and can also inhibit the autoimmune process.
If the severity of your arthritis affects your mood and often gets you down, then try Indian Frankincense. This has been shown to help naturally boost your mood levels.
It’s well known that breathing in certain smells can boost your mood and serotonin levels. This is the feel-good chemical in the brain. Research has also suggested that the smell of Boswellia Serrate can help to relieve anxiety and stress.
Incensole Acetate, which is a chemical found in Indian Frankincense, effects the areas of the brain which is evolved in emotions. This chemical activates nerve circuits which usually respond to medication that treat depression and anxiety.
Capsaicin is known to temporarily reduce levels of substance P in the body, which is a pain transmitter.
This healthy agent comes from the heat-producing component within chilli peppers and can be applied either using a topical cream, gel or patch.
The heat is produced by activating specific nerve receptors which cause heat, stinging and itching sensations to the local area.
Extended activation of these receptors can cause them to lose their ability to function properly and process any pain signals. Capsaicin must be used quite regularly to keep these nerve receptors from working as the should and processing the pain signals.
You can use capsaicin cream up to 4 times a day, but if you have never used it before it is best to perform a small skin patch test.
Apply the cream over the area which is painful, but ensure that you don’t apply too much as it won’t be able to absorb into the skin. Once applied, you will feel a warm or very slight burning sensation. This sensation will lessen after a few days of use and may well go away altogether after long-term use.
Turmeric for Arthritis
There is a certain chemical in turmeric which is known to reduce joint pain felt by arthritis sufferers.
Curcumin is found within the yellow-coloured powder. It works to reduce inflammation, pain and stiffness. Curcumin also blocks the cytokines and enzymes which cause inflammation.
It is important to note that turmeric can work as a blood thinner and may cause stomach upset. You should avoid taking turmeric if you are taking blood thinners, are pregnant or are due to have surgery. Turmeric is high in oxalates. These are compounds that are naturally found in foods, such as rhubarb, spinach and almonds.
If you have, or have previously had, kidney stones, then your healthcare provider may recommend that you reduce or limit your intake of these foods as they can affect kidney stones.
ASU (Avocado-Soybean Unsaponifiables)
ASU is a natural vegetable extract, which is made from one-third of avocado oil and two-thirds of soybean oil. This supplement works to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and block pro-inflammatory chemicals and prevents the further deterioration of synovial cells that line the joints and can even help to regenerate normal connective tissue.
A study carried out by the Arthritis Foundation has found that ASU “significantly reduced the progression” of hip osteoarthritis when compared with those that took a placebo. Another study showed that it can reduce or even eliminate the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
To further protect your health, you must talk to your doctor before taking any health supplements. You should understand the potential side effects that may come from taking the supplements and whether this may have an interaction with the medication you are currently taking. Please, keep in mind that self-care treatments or avoiding your usual standard health care practices can have serious effects or consequences on your health.
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