This week we look at some of the practical dietary and home-help tips that can help with joints affected by arthritis. While these are primarily targeting osteoarthritis – known as OA – nutritional therapy can be very helpful for autoimmune arthritis such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
These diseases need a more systemic treatment targeting immune function rather than targeting joint tissue as we would with OA. For autoimmune disease the first place to start is testing vitamin D levels. There is a groundswell of excellent research linking low levels of vitamin D to immune system disorders in addition to other serious problems including mental health and cancer.
Often overlooked is the importance of staying well hydrated. Even slight dehydration can negatively affect cartilage function. Another helpful tip for joint problems can be having a bath with Epsom salts, which are magnesium sulphate. The magnesium helps to relax tense and stresses tissue in and around joints while sulphate helps with joint tissue structure.
Turmeric is excellent for joints. In supplements I use a 95 per cent curcumin extract, which helps reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. I also recommend adding extra turmeric either as grated whole root or powder. Another tip is to add black pepper to your diet. Pepper contains piperine, which has the ability to transport curcumin from turmeric to our joints.
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is an old naturopathic treatment for arthritis. Have two teaspoons in water before a meal. Gelatine contains collagen, which is a building block for cartilage and can help relieve the pain of arthritis. Dissolve one teaspoon in warm water and drink.
Freshly ground flax seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory plant based alpha-linolenic acid Omega 3. This will help your joints and will also help cholesterol balance and digestive health. For more information give me a call or email: email@example.com. 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