Rheumatoid arthritis remedies

• Malnutrition may contribute to the development of RA. Eating a properly constructed diet that provides sufficient complete lean protein to support your muscles and organs is of paramount importance. You should aim for the dietary percentages given there: 30% of your day's total number of calories from protein; 40% from low-starch vegetables, whole fresh fruits, rice and oats; and 30% from fats and oils. Avoid or sharply reduce your intake of nutritionally blank foods, such as refined sugars: table sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, and products made with these substances. Make your nutrition count.

• Rheumatoid arthritis remediesIn a number of medical studies, people with RA who took pantothenic acid noted improvement of their symptoms of morning stiffness, pain, and ability to perform their daily activities. Recommendation: Take pantothenic acid, as calcium d-pantothenate, in a dose of 250 to 500 mg 3 to 4 times daily for a period of 4 weeks to assess your response. If your symptoms improve, you may continue to take 250 mg daily.

•  Rheumatoid arthritis remedies: People with RA develop very fragile capillaries, especially in their forearms and lower legs, and consequently always have a crop of dark red/purple bruises from minor trauma. Many of the medications RA sufferers must take worsen this problem. Vitamin C helps to reduce this tendency to bruise. Recommendation: Take a minimum of 500 mg time-release vitamin C 2 to 4 times daily. You may want to refer to the discussion of this important vitamin for more information on its many health benefits.

•  Deficiency of vitamin E may contribute to the inflammation and pain in RA and other forms of severe arthritis of the spine. In some studies, the relief of pain and improvement in mobility of arthritic joints from supplemental vitamin E equaled that of prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications. Recommendation: Take vitamin E, as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate, in a dose of 400 to 800 IU per day. Warning: Vitamin E can cause elevation of blood pressure in some people. Please refer to the listing for this vitamin for information on how to slowly and safely increase your dose to the recommended level.

• Rheumatoid arthritis remedies: Your body uses dietary essential fatty acids as the raw materials to produce a family of powerful body chemicals called the eicosinoids. Some of these chemical messengers are "good" for you, reducing inflammation, pain, and swelling, and others are "bad." Because RA is an inflammatory disease—inflammation caused by your immune defense system's misguided attack produces the pain, redness, swelling, and damage to the joints—having more of the "good" messengers can only help. Recommendation: To the nutritionally sound basic diet just recommended, add gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and EPA fish oil in a ratio of 1:4 (GLA:EPA) 1 to 3 times daily. The EicoPro essential fatty acid product manufactured by Eicotec, Inc., of Marblehead, Massachusetts, contains ultrapure sources of linoleic acid and fish oils already combined in the proper ratio. If you cannot get that product, you can purchase linoleic acid in a product called evening primrose oil at most health and nutrition stores, and EPA fish oil as well. Because it is not as pure a form, the milligram dosing will be different. You can make a reasonable substitute by combining evening primrose oil capsules with fish oil capsules plus vitamin E. Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil (a source of linoleic acid in capsule form), plus 1000 mg EPA fish oil, plus 200 IU vitamin E 1 to 3 times a day. (Warning to diabetics: EPA fish oil can cause blood sugar fluctuations in some diabetics. Carefully monitor your blood sugar if you use this supplemental oil and discontinue its use if your blood sugar becomes difficult to control.)

• Rheumatoid arthritis remediesRheumatoid arthritis remedies: From old wives tales to mountain folklore, copper has figured in as a remedy for arthritis. And medical research supports the belief that copper deficiency may indeed play a role in activity of RA. Studies comparing copper bracelets to identical-appearing aluminum bracelets showed that when the 240 people participating wore copper, their symptoms improved, and when they wore the look-alike aluminum, their symptoms worsened.
Exactly how copper on the skin exerts this beneficial effect is unclear, but you can't argue with the results. Other studies have shown that taking brief courses of copper supplementation may also help. Recommendation: If you would like to wear a copper bracelet, we don't see why you shouldn't. You may also take copper salicylate in a dose of 64 mg daily with meals for no longer than 10 days at a time, and not more often than every 3 to 4 months.

• The battle that rages in arthritic joints between your misguided immune defenders and your innocent joint tissues produces high concentrations of toxic free radicals at the scene. Refer to oxidation and free radicals for more information. Your body requires selenium to produce its own powerful free radical scavenger, glutathione peroxidase, to combat these toxic compounds released by the immune defenders. Recommendation: Take selenium aspartate in a dose of 100 to 200 micrograms per day.

• As RA progresses, your body's level of zinc falls significantly. As the zinc falls, inflammation becomes worse. It's a vicious cycle. Recommendation: Take zinc in a chelated form, such as zinc aspartate or zinc picolinate, in a dose of 20 mg twice per day. Warning: Supplementation of zinc in its ionic form can create deficiencies of other minerals, such as copper, by competing with them for absorption from the intestine. Chelation of the minerals (see pages 30-31, Section we) prevents this competition to get into the body, allowing you to fully absorb each of them.

•  Some research has shown benefit in reducing inflammation can occur with injections into arthritic joints of a special antiinflammatory chemical called superoxide dismutase or SOD. You may see this substance sold as tablets or capsules; however, these forms will be of no value to you. Stomach acid destroys the enzyme before you can absorb it. Recommendation: Don't waste your money purchasing SOD to take by mouth.

• Boron is a trace mineral required for healthy bones. Recommendation: 3 mg daily.

• Rheumatoid arthritis remedies: Sea cucumber is a rich source of lubricating compounds found in all connective tissues, especially joints and joint fluid. Check out your local health food store for sea cucumber; if they don't carry it, you can always request that it be ordered. Allow 3 to 6 weeks to note improvement.

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