With around 9 million people in the UK currently being treated for osteoarthritis, it’s undoubtedly the most common form of arthritis.
- most common in the over 45s
- affects bones and cartilage
- pain is often experienced in the knee, hip or ankle
- inflammation occurs in joints when free radicals attack and degrade joint tissue
- twice as many women as men are affected
- may be brought on by poor nutrition, malabsorption of nutrients, trauma, obesity, injury, general wear and tear or genetic factors
What Are The Main Symptoms?
- joint pain
- stiffness in the joints
- soft/hard joint swellings
- grating/grinding sensation in moving joints
The traditional approach to osteoarthritis focuses around managing pain with NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) and the administration of calcium and glucosamine remedies via prescription.
In my opinion, this is largely a case of repeatedly treating the symptoms and never really addressing the cause(s).
NSAIDs tend to be fairly effective in reducing pain. However, they are also likely to suppress important anti-inflammatory fats from being produced by the body.
My recommended supplements to consider:
Glucosamine MSM supplement – combines with collagen to support and repair cartilage. Synthesises cartilage, can help speed up healing processes and reduce inflammation
MSM supplement with glucosamine (Methylsulfonylmethane) – organic sulphur compound. Can assist with the structure of joints and other tissues, reduce inflammation, help with pH balance and aid in liver detoxification.
MSM is found in varying quantities within food like meat, eggs, lentils, onion and garlic.
Probiotics supplements – a good quality, high strength probiotic can help supply beneficial bacteria to the gut, aiding digestion, bowel movements and overall gut health
Alkalising Greens supplement – such as greens powders or spirulina. Can be a real boost to those struggling to eat fruit and vegetables or wanting to kick-start a detox.
Hop Alpha Acids – a natural alternative to NSAIDs (link blog post). May help relieve joint pain and inflammation.
Magnesium supplements – a natural muscle relaxant that has also been known to support joint structure and the detox process.
Fish/Krill Oil or Flaxseed – anti-inflammatory properties
Vitamin D supplements – general joint and bone health, anti-inflammatory
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