Sometimes it really is possible to achieve multiple health goals. A good anti-inflammatory diet will help arthritic joints, help you lose weight and improve your general health. Just as poor diets can cause systemic disease, good diets can move us to systemic wellness.
Last week we saw that avoiding inflammatory fats while targeting anti-inflammatory can have a profound benefit for our joints. If fats are the most important component of nutritional therapy for arthritis then antioxidants are a close second.
Many people still adhere to an outdated concept that osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of joints. Certainly injuries and damage can cause or worsen arthritis, but the real culprit is a process called oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Cartilage is secreted and maintained by specialised cells called chondrocytes. They manufacture and maintain the collagenous matrix that comprises cartilage. The problem is chondrocytes are susceptible to damage by free radicals.
If left unchecked by antioxidants this damage accumulates to the point that the chondrocyte DNA is damaged and can cause the cell to die. This means the tiny piece of cartilage maintained by the chondrocyte has lost its repair system and will degenerate.
Possibly the most important cartilage-protecting antioxidant is glutathione manufactured in the body from selenium. Others like the grape seed polyphenols and curcuminoids in turmeric are also highly effective. This is why a good multi antioxidant and multi-mineral in addition with a curcumin, from turmeric, extract can really help. It's even better if combined with 800mg of high grade chondroitin and lots of Omega 3 fish oil.
At any given time I actively help hundreds of people with osteoarthritis. The majority are able to get significant improvements from nutritional therapy. 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