What Helps Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation and breakdown of joint tissue. Over time as the tissue degrades, pain, stiffness & weakness can occur. There are two main types of Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.


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Natural Remedies That May Help Arthritis

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Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.


How Might It Help

Omega-3 Fish Oil may help Arthritis, specifically Rheumatoid Arthritis, as an adjunct therapy by reducing symptoms including stiffness and joint pain.


Effectiveness
61%


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Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is made from the dried rhizomes of the Curcuma longa plant, belonging to the ginger family. Native to South Asia, Turmeric has a long history in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. The key component is the organic polyphenol, curcumin, which is responsible for giving the plant its yellow color. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects have been used in the treatment of arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory and metabolic issues.  


How Might It Help

Turmeric may help the pain and inflammatory-related symptoms of Arthritis as a dietary adjunct to conventional therapy by its anti-inflammatory effects.


Effectiveness
70%


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SAMe

SAMe, the acronym for S-adenosyl-L-methionine, is a compound found naturally in the human body. Discovered in the 1950s as a derivative of the amino acid methionine, it maintains cell membranes, in addition to, producing and regulating hormones. It is not found naturally in foods, therefore a synthetic version is required to normalize inadequate levels.


How Might It Help

SAMe may help the pain, stiffness, and range of motion symptoms of Arthritis, specifically Osteoarthritis, but the exact mechanism is unknown.


Effectiveness
34%


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Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw, also known as Uncaria tomentosa, is a tropical vine native to the Amazon rainforest. Named for its hook-like thorns, Cat’s Claw is an antioxidant and immune stimulant used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years by the indigenious people of South and Central America. Currently, it is used in the treatment of viral infections including AIDS, alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer and gastro-intestinal disorders.


How Might It Help

Cat's Claw may help Arthritis, specifically Osteoarthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


Effectiveness
38%


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Boswellia

Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, is made from Boswellia serrata tree gum-resin. Native to India, Africa and the Middle East, the branching tree has been used in African folk and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as an analgesic and in the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases.


How Might It Help

Boswellia may help Arthritis, specifically Osteoarthritis, by its anti-inflammatory effects.


Effectiveness
25%


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Cayenne Pepper (Capsaicin)

Cayenne Pepper also known as Capsicum annuum is a hot chili pepper in the Solanaceae or nightshade family of flowering plants. Native to South America, Cayenne was introduced to Europe in the 15th century by Christopher Columbus. The active component responsible for the pepper’s spicy heat, Capsaicin, is an antioxidant used medicinally as a digestive aid and topical analgesic.


How Might It Help

Cayenne may help pain-related symptoms of Arthritis both orally and topically by its analgesic effects.


Effectiveness
14%


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Avocado-Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)

Avocado-Soybean Unsaponifiables, also known as ASU, are natural vegetable extracts made from the fruits and seeds of avocado and soybean oils in the ratio of 1:2. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, ASU has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases and as an analgesic. 


How Might It Help

ASU may help Arthritis by reducing pain, stiffness and improving joint function.


Effectiveness
25%


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Epsom Salts


Effectiveness
27%


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