Arthritis and inflammation support
Arthritis is a crippling disease causing pain and stiffness in the joints which can seem hopeless to tackle. I’ve been inspired to collate this to support three close family members who suffer with both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Whichever you’re struggling with, I hope the below helps give you a guide as to some natural support both in terms of dietary guidance for foods, and to also discuss some nutritional supplements that can help.
- PAIN RELIEF
If you’re one of the many people who cannot process aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen, don’t panic! There are many other non NSAIDS that you can use for pain relief and to naturally support your symptom
- Celadrin is a new plant-based supplement for joint pain and Inflammation from Cytoplan
- JOINT SUPPORT
- Joint Support from NYRO. Contains Vit C, tumeric, green tea, ginger, bromelain, celery seed powder and rosemary leaf
- Glucosamine from Cytoplan. When there is excess wear, more raw ”material” is needed for repair of the joints in our bodies, Glucosamine can assist in the regeneration and maintenance of cartilage and tissue.
- Omega 3 and 6, evening primrose oil – Beauty Oil from NYRO
- Vit B6 P5P and Vit E – Cytoplan
- Zinc, selenium and magnesium – recommend Super Antioxidant Boost from NYRO
- Magnesium – recommend Biofood Magnesium form Cytoplan
- SOOTHING AND RELAXATION SUPPORT
- Arnica cream can be rubbed into the muscles and joints . The arnica salve is very helpful for joint pain as it also contains comfrey which heals damaged tissue and lavender which is a pain reliever. The salve also contains some ginger which is warming and comforting.
- Seaweed and arnica foaming bath Infusions of mineral-rich seaweed, comfrey and arnica are combined with pure essential oils of lemon, pine, juniper and lavender to ease tired muscles and restore a sense of vitality.
5. FOOD TRIGGERS
Nightshades – This food group can aggravate the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It includes tomatoes, white potatoes, aubergine, bell peppers, paprika and tobacco. Gluten – Just following a gluten-free diet helps some patients experience less joint pain and inflammation
Limit caffeine, alcohol, sugar and dairy
Increase: Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) for omega oils, essential fatty acids boost.
Increase fruit and vegetables especially your leafy greens including spinach, broccoli, cabbage which are rich in B vitamins, omega 3, vitamin E and packed full of anti-inflammatory elements.
Pineapple – Bromelain and Vitamin C. Natural anti inflammatory that can help reduce swelling, bruising and pain.
Apples– rich in flavonoids such as quercetin which has been linked in research to immune system recovery. (Side note: I have found a Quercetin and Nettle supplements by Neals Yard helpful in alleviating my hayfever symptoms for similar reasons).
Papaya – rich in minerals and vitamins and includes proteolytic enzyme papain which is an antioxidant and pain reliever.
Nuts and seeds including:
Almonds – high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats that reduce inflammation and support lubrication of the joints.
Linseed & chia seeds – help boost your intake of flax seeds with omega 3&6.
Herbs and spices
Ginger – add some ginger to your hot lemon with water. Studies show it has hyperalgesia effects in osteoarthritis patients and is a strong anti-inflammatory agent.
Tumeric – anti-inflammatory often used to flavour curries.
Neals Yard Remedies https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/sarahtegg/area/shop-online/category/supplements/
NYR Natural News –Arthritis – relieving pain & staying supple without drugs
Patrick Holford –Say No to Arthritis