Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Arthritis Relief - How Ginger Can Reduce Your Arthritis Pain!

Arthritis Relief - How Ginger Can Reduce Your Arthritis Pain! by michelle Armstrong


The problem with prescription medicines are the side effects. Studies have shown ginger can have the same anti-inflammatory qualities as drugs but without the side effects.
Ginger has been used since ancient times to cure a variety of problems such as arthritis, diarrhoea and heart conditions. Along with its great medicinal properties ginger is also a great kitchen spice and could easily enhance any dish!
But how could ginger help you in the fight against arthritis?
A study by Doctor Ray Altman shows that highly concentrated ginger supplements can help reduce osteoarthritis. He tested it on 250 people over a six week period. Two-thirds of the people taking the supplement reported relief from pain.
Ginger has milder effects than most drugs but because it is a safer and cheaper alternative to drugs many people prefer it.
Tests on ginger are inconclusive at the moment and more detailed tests still need to be made over longer periods to establish the benefits of ginger. Some people report relief from pain when taking ginger supplements but in other people the results are less pronounced.
However, because ginger is safe to take (in small quantities - everything in large quantities is bad for you), cheap and readily available isn't ginger worth a try?
Ginger can be bought as concentrated supplements but you can also add fresh ginger to your everyday meals. Ginger can also be taken as a tea. Just add one teaspoon freshly grated ginger to hot water. It's easy as that!
Note: Care need to be taken when taking ginger because some people are allergic to it. Please make sure you are not allergic to ginger before taking it.
Michelle Armstrong

About the Author

Michelle Armstrong has suffered arthritis for many years of her life. She now gives her experiences in arthritis relief, treatment and cures in her new book called "Cure Your Arthritis Remedy"
Michelle Armstrong http://osteoarthritis-treatment.blogspot.com

Arthritis Relief - Do we need vitamin supplements?

Arthritis Relief - Do we need vitamin supplements? by Michelle Armstrong


Unfortunately many of the vitamins we need cannot be produced by our body and so have to be consumed instead. There is a debate of whether our diet provides us with the necessary quantities of vitamins to maintain a healthy body, immune and nervous system. This is particularly important to arthritis sufferers as some would argue that it is the lack of essential vitamins which is one of the causes of developing arthritis in the first place.

A lack of essential vitamins are shown by certain symptoms, but if these deficiencies continue over a long period of time then these minor symptoms can develop into more serious conditions - arthritis is potentially one of those conditions.

Our body uses vitamins to do many things. Each vitamin has its own unique job but combined together they help to keep skin healthy, maintain tissue and organs, assist the absorption of certain minerals, strengthen the immune system, neutralize free radicals [toxins that attack both bone and tissue] and keep the nervous system in good condition. We are all unique and so we all require different amounts of each vitamin. Factors such as age, sex, level of health and fitness can affect your vitamin requirements. However there are general guidelines of the minimum vitamin intake your body requires. Your doctor will be able to give you a detailed breakdown of them.

Vitamins come in 2 forms; fat soluble and water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins [vitamin A, D, E and K] are found in many fatty food products such as dairy products and oily fish. Our liver is quite efficient in its use of these vitamins so when we don't need them immediately or have an excess amount of them, our liver will store them for future use. Water soluble vitamins [B1, B2, B6, B12, C, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, NIACIN & PANTOTHENIC ACID] found in many fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds on the other hand cannot be stored by the body and so require a regular consumption and whenever there is an excess of them in the body they are removed through your urine.

Going back to the question of whether we need vitamin supplements, well it all depends on our diet. We need to ask ourselves whether we eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, combined with lean meat, oily fish, dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds as it is believed that this combination will provide us with all the vitamins we need on a regular basis. It is a mixture of all the essential vitamins that help maintain a healthy body, not just any one individually. The different vitamins work in harmony with each other. Some people make the mistake of consuming too much of a specific vitamin because they don't have a varied diet, this can impair the absorption of other vitamins and minerals and lead to other harmful complications. This is especially true when consuming too much fat soluble vitamins that are stored in the body. It is more difficult to overdose on water soluble vitamins as they are removed through your urine. To reduce the risks of overdosing a multivitamin supplement should be taken. It will give you a little of everything, rather than too much of any one vitamin, bearing in mind that supplements can contain anything up to 10 times our required daily intake.

Eating a variety of food will always be the best option as opposed to taking any supplements as they contain more than just vitamins. Many foods contain other essential nutrients, minerals and fibre - things that supplements simply don't have. So a varied diet is the most beneficial way.

In conclusion, whether you need vitamins will all depend on how good your diet is. For the majority, our current diet alone is not sufficient to provide the vitamins to maintain a healthy body and until we can change our diet, multi-vitamin supplements will always be necessary. Michelle Armstrong

About the Author

Michelle Armstrong has suffered arthritis for many years of her life. She now gives her experiences in arthritis relief, treatment and cures in her new book called "Cure Your Arthritis Remedy"

Michelle Armstrong http://arthritis-treatment-painrelief.blogspot.com/

Arthritis Pain Relief

Arthritis Pain Relief by Healthviews


Arthritis in its various forms is one of the most common age-related health conditions. The three most common varieties are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, all of which are accompanied by symptoms such as inflammation, stiffness, redness and joint pain.

When it comes to arthritis pain relief there are a quite a few options available ranging from simple home remedies to very powerful anti-inflammatory drugs. The effectiveness of these treatments depends on the nature and severity of the condition.

New steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been the most commonly prescribed medication for arthritis. These drugs could effectively reduce inflammation and the associated painful symptoms. However, it was recently discovered tat prolonged use of the medications could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. One very popular NSAIDs, Vioxx, was actually recalled due to these findings and there are, at present, quite a few court cases pending.

There are many alternative treatment options that exist. Some of these are home concocted at home while others are in the form of herbal supplements which are available for sale. Dietary changes also play a big part in helping reduce inflammation.

Supplements

Two of the most well-researched supplements to treat arthritis are Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

Glucosamine - an amino sugar derived from oyster and crab shells, aids in the repair of connective tissue in the body by stimulating the proteins involved in the process. It can offer arthritis pain relief by slowing down the degeneration of cartilage.

Chondroitin - derived from shark cartilage, has been shown to decrease the activity of the enzymes involved in breaking down cartilage.

These two substances together are the one-two punch in most of the popular osteoarthritis treatment supplements.

Omega 3 oils - found in oily fish and cod liver oil, have been shown to slow the destruction of joint cartilage.

Omega 6 oils - help the body to control inflammation, and can be found in evening primrose oil and starflower oil.

Olive oil - studies have shown this to be helpful to people with rheumatoid arthritis, although the reasons for this are unknown.

Ginger - research suggests ginger extract is more effective than a placebo in treating osteoarthritis pain; however, the study was not considered conclusive.

Devil's claw - two studies have shown this anti-inflammatory supplement to be effective in reducing pain.

Phytodolor - trials show that this is effective in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C - research into diet suggests that vitamin C may reduce the risk of developing some forms of arthritis.

Green tea - may play a preventive role in the development of arthritis, as it contains compounds that block the enzyme that destroys cartilage.

MSM - a natural sulfur compound with anti-inflammatory capabilities

Bromelain - an enzyme derived from pineapple that inhibits tissue destruction

Boswellia - an herbal extract with powerful anti-inflammatory capability

Alternative relief measures

Alternative arthritis pain relief is not usually prescribed by doctors, but can be very effective in controlling your pain.

Heat A natural but temporary painkiller for arthritis pain that induces muscular relaxation. The pain will continue again in about ten minutes after removing the heat.

Massage Can achieve results similar to that of heat by allowing your mind to let go of stresses that lead to most pain. You loosen up your body and this allows for less pain. Of course this too, is temporary.

Foot Spa Offers heat and massage, so both benefits can be enjoyed if you are experiencing foot or ankle pain.

Acupuncture The art of inserting small needles at specific places on your body to reduce pain and pressure. Some of the needles are heated and some are twirled by the acupuncturist. The various techniques are designed to produce certain effects in the body thus reducing your particular pain.

This method would not be suitable for intense pain. If you can feel pain by just touching your skin, without applying pressure, then acupuncture is not for you.

Other Therapies

Magnet therapy Claims to reduce pain and speed up healing, but experts are sceptical and opinions are divided as to its effectiveness. There are some trials in its favour, though but they are inconclusive. Magnet jewellery should not be worn by anyone with a pacemaker.

Copper bracelets Often worn by people with arthritis, but there is no evidence that they have any effect. However, it's undeniable that some people swear by them, and this faith in itself may have a positive placebo effect.

Seek Consultation

Please ensure that you consult your GP about your own condition. They will be able to explain options available to you and might even come up with a treatment plan that uses both conventional and alternative treatments.

About the Author

Jay Shah is the owner of Healthviews - a site that provides essential, accurate, easy to use information about the key health problems that affect us all. Packed with articles, tips and expert advice, healthviews provides the down-to-earth and practical resources needed to lead healthier, happier lives!

Arthritis Myths

Arthritis Myths by Mitamins Team


Do you or any of your loved ones have arthritis pain? Is there a natural arthritis treatment? Can we find a cure in nature when it comes to the treatment of arthritis?

Arthritis ('arth' meaning joint, 'itis' meaning inflammation) isn't a one-note story or even a few variations on a single theme; it actually consists of more than 100 different conditions. Swelling of the joints accompanied by debilitating pain is a sure sign of arthritis.

The most common misconception about arthritis is that it is a disease only of older people. In fact, arthritis afflicts people of all ages, even children, when it is called juvenile arthritis.

"Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, and the new data confirms that arthritis and chronic joint symptoms are one of our most common public health problems."

- from a statement released by the CDC (Oct. 2002)

Arthritis or chronic joint symptoms affect approximately 70 million adults, or roughly 1 in 3 Americans.

One of the most difficult things to accept about arthritis is that there's no cure - not yet, anyway. Fortunately, arthritis can be managed through a combination of medication, exercise, rest, weight-management, nutrition, and, in some cases, surgery. But, for some people with some forms of arthritis, current therapeutic strategies simply aren't as effective as they'd like them to be. Well, then, what about trying something else? It is suggested that supplementation may not only relieve symptoms, but may help stall the progress of the disease.

Who can help you?

Dr. Balch is an honor graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine. A physician of thirty years, Dr. Balch is a member of the AMA and a Fellow in the American college of surgeons. He has also received his license as a Certified Nutritional Consultant, from the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. He is the coauthor of Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A to Z Guide to Supplements, which has sold over 3.5 million copies to date. His other books include Prescription for Dietary Wellness and The Super Antioxidants. In his books, Dr. Balch demystifies the language of health, providing important and readily available remedies that can relieve pain and literally save lives.

What's in the formula?

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are components of normal cartilage. MSM, or methyl sulfonylmethane, is used around the world for relief from muscle pain, joint pain and inflammation. Bromelai restricts excessive pro-inflammatory influences through a number of routes. Devil's claw roots are widely used to manage many inflammatory joint diseases. Alfalfa has traditionally been one of the best herbal arthritis treatments. One common use of evening primrose oil is to relieve the symptoms of inflammation and bring about arthritis pain relief.

Where can I get it?

Whether you are interested in all things "natural," want to avoid side effects from prescription drugs, or want to leave no stone unturned in your quest for relief from a disease that has no cure, Mitamins' web site is a good place to start. Please remember to check for any Drug Interactions if you are on medication to avoid any adverse side-effects with your favorite vitamins and herbs.


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Juvenile Arthritis: Causes and Identification of Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile Arthritis: Causes and Identification of Juvenile Arthritis by Vanessa Youngstrom


Juvenile arthritis or formerly called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is described in children under the age of 16. The word 'rheumatoid' was dropped from the name because it is a misnomer giving people the idea that the disease process is much like the adult Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is not.

Juvenile Arthritis is also called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Juvenile Chronic Arthritis, and Childhood Arthritis. It is actually a collection of three different diseases that are arthritic in nature.

Juvenile arthritis affects 1 in 1,000 children in the United States. The hallmarks are pain, stiffness and swelling that last longer than six weeks and are not caused by an injury or another illness. Although the arthritis may initially present itself after an injury or illness these are not the cause.

The cause is actually unknown. There are no genetic factors that can be found, it doesn't run in families and it cannot be passed from one person to another. The how is known - the immune system of the sufferer begins to attack healthy tissue. The why is a mystery.

There is no single symptom or arthritis test to diagnose juvenile arthritis. Physicians will use blood tests and x-rays to rule out other illnesses such as rheumatic fever, and to gauge the extent of the disease as they plan treatment. The most qualified physicians to treat arthritis in children are rheumatologists. These are physicians who have had more years of special education and testing to diagnose and treat diseases that cause inflammation in joints, muscles and other tissues.

The diagnosis of the disease is often made in the first six months following the onset of symptoms. Pauciarticular arthritis is the most common accounting for approximately ½ of the cases diagnosed. In this arthritis the inflammation usually affects four joints or less, affects girls more than boys and is diagnosed under the age of four. Children with Pauciarticular arthritis can also develop inflammation in the eyes (uveitis) which leads to blindness if not treated.

Pauciarticular arthritis responds well to natural remedies such as Omega 3 fatty acids, which may decrease the amount of medication the child needs to maintain a level of comfort. Very few children go on to develop systemic symptoms and in some cases the arthritis resolves in several years.

Polyarticular arthritis accounts for 40% of the children diagnosed with arthritis each year. These children have at least 5 joints affected and the disease will often affect symmetrically. In other words if the left hand is affected the same joints in the right hand will also be painful and swollen.

Polyarticular arthritis is more likely to affect the small bones and joints and when the large bones are affected they grow at different rates affecting the way the child walks. The child will develop a limp and can develop osteoarthritis later in life. Children go to the doctor with complaints of fever, rash and a decreased appetite. The diagnosis is most severe when the child is over 10 and also is positive for rheumatoid factor.

Systemic arthritis affects joints and some of the organs. Children have skin rashes, fever and inflammation of internal organs like the spleen and liver. Some call the disease Still disease after the doctor who first described it.

Systemic arthritis affects boys more than girls and accounts for only 10% of the childhood arthritis diagnosis each year. The children first complain between the ages of 5 and 10 years. The initial symptoms don't usually affect the joints. There are serious complications from the inflammation throughout the body but interestingly this inflammation doesn't affect the eyes.

Treatment of all three types of arthritis center on decreasing pain and inflammation of the joints to improve the comfort of the child and improve the potential for normal growth and development of the bone structures as the child continues to grow.

Treatment can also include exercise programs that do not overly stress the joints and tissues such as swimming and stretching. Exercise will release endorphins that decrease the perception of pain and are an antidote for depression.

Juvenile arthritis is a catch phrase for a group of illnesses that cause inflammation, pain and redness in the joints, soft tissue and some organs of children. An accurate arthritis tests are needed to assign the correct treatments and to plan for the child's future.


About the Author

Vanessa Youngstrom, a nurse practitioner, enjoys writing and educating on health and wellness topics. You'll find more articles at http://www.HealthAndWellnessIssues.com

Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms by Steve Knowles


Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, the surrounding swelling and discomfort is painful. How the body treats this attack to the equalibrium is by attempting to repair the afflicted area, in doing so the surrounding area may have the bone and cartilage disrupted and broken down. Everyone has different results with intervals where the symptoms are less but cruelly return again later as if taunting the sufferer.

A Feeling of Stiffness in the Joint

Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers waking in the morning often feel joint stiffness for more than an hour. This is one of the first signs that arthritis may be starting. Observing the joints in question should reveal some swelling and tenderness in more than one part of the body. The discomfort may reside to acceptable levels after a while but can come back in periods of inactivity.

The early rheumatoid arthritis symptoms do not necessarily have to be confined to the joints of the body. Upon closer inspection of the joint area can reveal small nodules under the skin or even an accumulation of fluids. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause a loss of appetite and body shaking chills, other than the common pain of the joint area.

As time moves on the person afflicted with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis have times of :

* unusual tiredness * morning stiffness * extensive aches and pains * low stamina

These early rhumatoid arthritis symptoms need to be heeded because if treated quickly the joints permanent ruination may be lessened or at least slow it down to manageable levels. Failure to action these arthritis symptoms early enough will condemn the person to a life of medications, monitored exercise programs, physical therapy or even surgery.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can greatly reduce the mobility of the person to such an extent where previously accepted lifestyles need to be readdressed. The joint mobility and resulting pain and discomfort should cause the person to follow through with treatment, thus preventing the rheumatoid arthritis from having free reign and causing much more damage than necessary. Seeking out appropriate medications, natural remedies and dietary changes can provide comfort and allow the sufferer to maintain the lifestyle at a standard that they are used to for many years to come.

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Arthritis The Facts, the Fiction, and the Supplements

Arthritis The Facts, the Fiction, and the Supplements by Mitamins Team


"Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, and the new data confirms that arthritis and chronic joint symptoms are one of our most common public health problems."

- from a statement released by the CDC (October 2002)

Did you now that the term arthritis ('arth' meaning joint, 'itis' meaning inflammation) encompasses over a hundred different types of ailments, including rheumatic complaints? With this in mind, it's not surprising to note that no known arthritis treatment that is a 100% cure - for the moment at least. Therefore most arthritis treatment is focused upon pain relief and, if possible, delaying progression of the disease.

And arthritis is a disease - it should not be confused with the general signs of wear and tear that come with aging. In fact, 3 out of 5 arthritis sufferers are below the age of 65. Rheumatoid arthritis in particular is found in younger people, and is a disease that can be particularly debilitating. It is an autoimmune disease where the body turns on itself, attacking the synovial membranes in the joints. Since the synonial fluid is vital for the lubrication of the joints so that they move smoothly, the joints rub together and inflammation occurs. This causes often excruciating pain when the joints move and in time the cartilage wears down and the bones can fuse together. So, what arthritis treatment is there available to offer pain relief and prevent the onset of this disease?

Arthritis Treatment the Natural Way

One vitamin that has been in the limelight recently for arthritis treatment and pain relief has been vitamin E, or tocopherol. It is a fat soluble vitamin vital to a number of the body's process, and with particularly potent antioxidant properties. With regards to rheumatoid arthritis treatment and pain relief, two properties of vitamin E are important to remember:

1. It protects the cells of the body.

2. It provides immune system support.

Vitamin E's role in immune support means that taking it will offer pain relief when joint inflammation occurs. Vitamin E's role in protecting and strengthening cell membranes helps to prevent the onset of arthritis. That's the theory. Fortunately, research seems to back this up.

When vitamin E was combined with omega 3, there were noticeable improvements in terms of joint pain relief. This is perhaps why the condition of arthritis sufferers very often improves when they go on to a seafood diet. This is because seafood has high levels of both omega 3 and vitamin E.

There is certainly nothing to lose by starting a course of vitamin E supplementation along with more conventional arthritis treatment.

With 2.9 million sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis in the U.S. today, arthritis treatment and arthritis pain relief is vital. Of this, 71,000 are below the age of eighteen and the ratio of women to men sufferers could be as high as three is to one. Furthermore, taking arthritis as a whole, it affects approximately 70 million adults, or roughly 1 in 3 Americans.

The main age group that needs arthritis treatment and arthritis pain relief is the 25 to 50 year old group. Arthritis relief for all should be made a priority, and that can start with natural alternatives to treatment.

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Targeted: Arthritis; Safety: Avoid Vitamins Overdose, Supplement Drug Interactions; Quality: Freshly Made with Brand Ingredients.

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