New Osteoarthritis information confirms nutrition plays a important role in the
relief of Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Degenerative Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease
all benefit from proper nutrition and improved lifestyle.
Information - causes, cures & remedies
Relief through diet, supplements and improved lifestyle
What is Osteoarthritis and what are the causes?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting an estimated 80 percent of the North American population over 50. In
osteoarthritis, the cartilage covering the ends of the bones, begins to wear away. This, in turn, causes the rough surfaces of the bones to rub together at the joint. Stiffness and pain of the joints, with a loss in the range of movement,
are the most common symptoms. The joints of the hand, knees, hips and the spine are the most commonly affected. The main causes of
osteoarthritis, are damage to joints brought on by lifelong use, family history, fractures, other injuries and obesity.
Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that affects many of us as we get older and
is often called, "degenerative" joint disease. However, arthritis is not just an "old person's disease". Nearly three of every five people with arthritis are younger than 65 years. Prevailing myths have portrayed arthritis as an old person's disease, an inevitable part of aging that must be endured. However, effective interventions are available to prevent much of the burden of arthritis and its' complications. Research has shown that
osteoarthritis can be prevented with weight control and lifestyle changes. Similarly, the pain and disability accompanying osteoarthritis, can be minimized through early diagnosis and appropriate management, including diet and nutritional supplements, weight control, physical activity, physical and occupational
therapy and in some cases, joint replacement therapy.
Lifestyle, Diet and Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Research has shown, that leading an active and healthy lifestyle, watching your diet and taking
vitamins and nutritional supplements, can slow the worsening of
osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in vitamin D and C and beta-carotene might be one of the truly preventative measures we can take when it comes to osteoarthritis.
Vitamin E, B6, Zinc, copper, pantothenic acid and methionine (an amino acid important in maintaining health cartilage) are also recommended as supplements. Exercise and regular daily bowel movements are important as well. Constipation can inflame osteoarthritis symptoms. Daily bowel movements are essential for the elimination of waste products, which aggravate the inflamed joints. Diets, especially those high in fiber that work to treat or prevent excessive weight gain, are also extremely important as added weight means increased stress on weight bearing joints, especially the knees.
Glucosamine sulfate and Chrondroitin Sulfate:
Proven Effective for Osteoarthritis
Compounds, such as glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate along with specific antioxidant vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients mentioned have been shown to actually stabilize and even reverse the progression of joint and cartilage deterioration.
Glucosamine is a natural compound normally formed in the body from glucose. Among other things, the body uses this nutrient to stimulate chondrocyte cells to create one of the main building blocks of joint cartilage, proteoglycans. As one ages, the amount of glucosamine created by the body decreases. As a result, cartilage and bones begin to scrape against each other, joints become damaged, and the lubricating synovial fluid in the joint spaces becomes thin and watery. Research has shown that when a glucosamine deficiency is corrected, the body replenishes its ability to replace worn-out joint cells and tissues.
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Knowledge and Action are the Key
If you are living with
Osteoarthritis, you are probably suffering with a great deal of pain on a daily basis.
The good news is, that it has been proven that taking a daily supplement of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate can work to allievate the symptoms of ostearthritis. The evidence also points to diet and lifestyle as key factors in the control and prevention of osteoarthritis. Find out what works for you. Educate yourself and work with your health professional to explore all the options to improve your quality of life.
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