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Natural Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis

A detailed description of natural supplements for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects small joints such as hands and feet. While prescription medications will be most effective in offsetting the symptoms, many people prefer to use natural supplements. All of these supplements act as an anti-inflammatory and have proven to be successful in most cases. As always, I ask that you consult with your doctor prior to using any of these alternative medications.

Oils and Extracts:

The first, and most common supplement for combating Rheumatoid Arthritis is Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are generally taken in the form of a non-prescription, anti-inflammatory pill. Omega-3 Fatty Acid is commonly found in products like fish oil capsules. Various studies have concluded that there is a decrease in pain and joint stiffness associated with regular usage. Another oil based supplement is Borage oil. Borage oil works very similarly to Omega-3 and reduces swollen and tender joints in most studies. The third, which is another perfectly acceptable substitute, is Avocado-Soy Extract. This is a vegetable extract made from a combination of avocado and soybean oils. Generally, consumption of one of these oils will be enough. If oils are upsetting your stomach, you can choose to go with a Green Tea Extract (EGCG) powder. EGCG can be used as a potential anti-inflammatory agent and relieves pain similar to taking an Aspirin or Ibuprofen.

Change in Diet:

While extracts are strong agents, you should start to combat Rheumatoid Arthritis by eating healthier as well. It can be observed that many edible options contain anti-inflammatory byproducts by simply looking at the supplements. Eating more coldwater fish, such as salmon and tuna, will provide you with fish oil without having to swallow a daily pill. The fish is less concentrated, but far more tasty. You can also add soy to your diet as well and obtain your oils similarly to having fish. To round out the options from above, Avocado has many nutritional benefits from consumption and should be added as well.

Exercise:

Along with better eating habits and daily supplements, there is still one additional remedy yet to be discussed. Even though Rheumatoid Arthritis causes pain and generally prohibits people from enjoying exercise, it is still important to attempt light physical activity to keep the joints loose. Simple things such as walking and gardening are great, and relaxing, ways to have some physical activity in your life. Be sure not to overexert yourself or partake in strenuous activities. Once again, please consult your doctor prior to engaging in any physical activity.

 

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Comments (2)

Excellent and informative article.thanks for the well written article......voted up

Great tips for a horribly debilitating condition. Voted up.

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