Osteoarthritis can cause anything from mild discomfort to seriously restricting quality of life. While medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs provide predictable results, nutritional therapy is more unpredictable.
But experimentation is important. Some people find their arthritis is greatly influenced by diet while others less so. I generally recommend people keep clear of common citrus fruits and acidic fruits in general. I'm helping one person who, by trial and error, has found she's very sensitive to strawberries. I'm not sure why but small joint arthritis – especially hand joints – seem to be more sensitive to acidic foods.
I start most people on an anti-inflammatory diet. The key components are to reduce inflammatory fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates. We target anti-inflammatory oils, appropriate protein sources and increase antioxidant dense plant foods. During the next few columns we'll explore the specific components of this type of eating. Not only will it help joints but it's excellent for general health.
With supplements my general approach is to start people on a programme that is most likely to get a positive response in six-eight weeks. I like to keep things simple and usually start with high doses of Omega 3 fish oil for its anti-inflammatory function.
To this we to add 1500mg of high grade chondroitin sulphate, 1500mg of glucosamine sulphate and 200mg of a 95 per cent bioavailable curcumin turmeric extract. In some cases, especially spinal arthritis, I add antioxidant complexes and extra magnesium to relax tissue surrounding the joint.
We will maintain these high initial doses usually for one-three months before reducing. Most people start to notice the difference after six weeks. For the 20 per cent that don't, we the cast the net wider. For more information give me a call or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join my full weekly newsletter at: www.abundant.co.nz
John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more, go to: www.sunlive.co.nz