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destroys its' cell membranes, stopping the replication of its' DNA.
Also helps repair and regenerate tissue and bones.
Utopia Naturals Silica is an
all-purpose herb from Horsetail and Shavegrass. Good for
the whole body. Heavy in silica; strengthens fingernails
and hair, especially good for split ends. Helps body
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Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and loss of
movement of the joints. The word arthritis literally
means joint inflammation (arth=joint, ritis=inflammation),
and refers to more than 100 different diseases.
Highly Effective Arthritis Remedy:
The following combination has been highly effective for
many people, including the author, his friends and his
relatives) for various forms of arthritis and joint
1) Plant Minerals- minerals are the building blocks of
the enzymes necessary for the utilization of all other
vitamins, etc. (rock minerals are a waste of money since
only 5-15% can be broken down by the body before being
eliminated. Minerals already digested by plants are
potentially 100% absorbable.)
2) Colloidal Gold - gold has even been used by
mainstream medicine to treat severe Arthritis.
3) MSM, Glucosamine, Chondrotin, Collagen (all of these
are available in a product called Liquid Life Joint
Care, which also contains aloe.
Silica (from horsetail and/or shavegrass)
5) GTF Chromium (GTF Chromium is a complex known as
Glucose Tolerance Factor and is made by fermenting the
nutritional yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae with
5) Colloidal Silver- some arthritis is believed to be
viral related and colloidal silver is an extremely good
anti-viral agent. Colloidal silver also helps
bone, tissue and nerve regeneration.
Digestive enzymes are highly recommended,
since they help break up fibrin and scar tissue that may
be at the root of arthritis in many instances.
Since arthritis comes in so many different forms and
since no two people are alike, what works for one person
or one kind of arthritis may not work for another.
Following are other remedies, treatments and information
which have reported to have been effective with at least
some people and some forms of arthritis:
Black cherry juice is
good for arthritis. Take two glasses of this juice
twice a day (each glass contains four ounces of
juice diluted with four ounces of water). You can
discontinue this treatment once the pain clears up.
rheumatoid arthritis should include in their daily
diets juices high in the anti-inflammatory
nutrients. These nutrients include beta-carotene
(found in parsley, broccoli and spinach) and copper
(found in carrots, apples and ginger).
improves with a glass or two a day of pineapple
juice. Pineapple is a rich source of the enzyme
bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory
Other Useful Juices:
Carrot, celery, and
cabbage juice. Add a little parsley.
Potato juice (If you
are not allergic to this.)
Take juice of half a
lemon before every meal and before going to bed.
Carrot, beet, and
During acute stage,
one pint to one quart celery juice daily.
Caution: Certain juices may cause adverse reactions in
people with osteoarthritis. Avoid citrus fruits, and be
careful with vegetables from the nightshade family,
including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
Citrus seems to promote swelling, and nightshades
contain psyllium alkaloids, which cause problems for
Dilute five drops of
essential oil of ginger in 20 drops of a carrier oil
such as wheat germ or almond oil (available from
health shops), and massage into painful areas.
Remember that essential oils should never be taken
This is a glucose-based chemical produced naturally
in healthy joints, where it is used to repair and
maintain cartilage, and seems to be effective in
reducing arthritic pain, at least in mild to
moderate cases. So far, no adverse side effects have
been reported, but it is the subject of major
clinical trials in the US, so we should soon know a
great deal more.
Bathua. Drink one
tablespoon of the juice of fresh leaves of bathua
every day on an empty stomach for two-three months.
Do not add anything to the juice and do not eat
anything for two hours before and after.
Warm mustard oil,
spread it over Madar leaf (Indian ) and foment the
joint by spreading the leaf over the joint and
keeping it there for a few hours for arthritis
On an empty stomach
take three to four walnuts or one fresh coconut.
Gin and raisins. (I
know this sounds crazy – but I have personally
spoken with several people who swear by it!)
Put three shot
glasses or small containers on your counter.
In each shot
glass, put 9 (not 8 or 10) golden raisins, not
Pour just enough
gin over them to just barely cover them (any
kind of gin should do). By the 3rd day, the gin
should be absorbed by the raisins.
Eat the raisins
from one shot glass, and set the glass up again
with 9 more golden raisins, just barely covered
with any kind of gin, and put the fresh glass at
the end of the line.
Each day, eat the
9 oldest raisins, then set it up again.
pain-free, usually 72 hours. It is truly
amazing. And cheap!
Mix equal parts of
the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root,
angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and
buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a
cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2
cups per day.
saliva): Alfalfa is a folk remedy for arthritis in
southern Appalachia. Alfalfa tea is rich with
nutritive minerals. We recommend that you do not
take the alfalfa powder; take the tea instead.
Alfalfa contains 1-canavanine, an amino acid that
can cause symptoms that are similar to those of
systemic lupus, an autoimmune disease that can also
cause joint pain. Some scientific studies show that
these symptoms can occur in both animals and humans
as a result of eating alfalfa. The amino acid is not
present to any significant amount in alfalfa tea.
Place 1 ounce of alfalfa in a pot. Cover with 1
quart of water and boil for thirty minutes. Strain
and drink the quart throughout the day. Do this for
two to three weeks, and then take a break for seven
to ten days before starting again.
archangelica): Angelica is an herb that has been
used in European folk medicine since antiquity. It
can be used to treat arthritis. The Western variety
of angelica has 12 anti-inflammatory constituents,
ten antispasmodic (muscle relaxant) constituents,
and five anodyne (pain-relieving) ones. The Chinese
sometimes use their native variety of the plant
(Angelica sinensis) for the same purpose. The
Chinese species is sold in North America under the
names dang gui or dong quai. Place 1 tablespoon of
the cut roots of either species of angelica in 1
pint of water and bring to a boil. Cover and boil
for two minutes. Remove from heat and let stand,
covered, until the water cools to room temperature.
Strain and drink the tea in 3 doses during the day
for two to three weeks at a time. Then, take a break
for seven to ten days and start the treatment again
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga
racemosa): An American Indian treatment for
arthritis involved using the root of black cohosh.
There are five species in the Cimicifuga genus
worldwide that have been used to treat rheumatism.
Black cohosh contains aspirin-like substances as
well as other anti- inflammatory and antispasmodic
constituents. Simmer 1 teaspoon of black cohosh
root in 1 cup of boiling water for twenty minutes.
Strain and drink the tea in 2 divided doses during
the day. Do this for two to three weeks, and then
take a break for seven to ten days before starting
the treatment again.
Boswellia has unique
anti-inflammatory action, much like the conventional
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used
by many for inflammatory conditions. Unlike NSAIDs,
however, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to
irritation or ulceration of the stomach.
graveolens): The remedy of eating raw or cooked
celery seeds or large amounts of the celery plant to
treat rheumatism arrived in North America with the
European immigrants. Using celery to treat
rheumatism persists today in North American
professional herbalism. Various parts of the celery
plant contain more than 25 different
anti-inflammatory compounds. And, taken as a food,
celery is rich in minerals: A cup of celery contains
more than 340 milligrams of potassium. (A potassium
deficiency may contribute to some symptoms of
arthritis.) Dosage: Place 1 teaspoon of celery
seeds in a cup. Fill the cup with boiling water.
Cover and let stand for fifteen minutes. Strain and
drink. Drink 3 cups a day during an acute arthritis
Devil's claw is a
good anti-inflammatory agent. Take 1,000 milligrams
(1 gram) twice daily.
Epsom Salt (magnesium
sulfate): Magnesium has both anti-inflammatory and
anti- arthritic properties and it can be absorbed
through the skin. Magnesium is one of the most
important of the essential minerals in the body, and
it is commonly deficient in the American diet. A New
England remedy for arthritis is a hot bath of Epsom
salts. The heat of the bath can increase circulation
and reduce the swelling of arthritis. Fill a
bathtub with water as hot as you can stand. Add 2
cups of Epsom salts. Bathe for thirty minutes,
adding hot water as necessary to keep the
temperature warm. Do this daily as often as you
like. (If you are pregnant or have cardiovascular
disease consult your doctor before taking very hot
Feverfew has been
used for centuries for arthritis. Some studies have
found that the anti-inflammatory effects of this
herb are greater than those achieved by NSAIDs. Take
250 milligrams once or twice daily.
officinale) In one study, Indian researchers gave
three to seven grams of ginger a day to 18 people
with osteoarthritis and 28 with rheumatoid
arthritis. More than 75 percent of those
participating in the study reported at least some
relief from pain and swelling. Even after more than
two years of taking these high doses of ginger, none
of the people reported side effects. Many people
drink ginger tea for osteoarthritis. A ginger
compress is also beneficial for arthritis.
Ginseng Liquor (Panax
quinquefolius). Ginseng contains constituents called
ginsenosides, which have a variety of
pharmacological actions. It is an adaptogen - it
increases the body's ability to handle a wide
variety of stresses. Chop 3.5 ounces of ginseng and
place in 1 quart of liquor like vodka. Let the
mixture stand for five to six weeks in a cool dark
place, turning the container frequently. Strain and
take 1 ounce of the liquid after dinner or before
bedtime every night for up to three months. Then,
take a break for two weeks before starting the
Notes: Be sure to use American ginseng, not Asian
ginseng (Panax ginseng) for this remedy. Asian ginseng
can actually aggravate the pain of arthritis. If you are
prone to gout, the alcohol may aggravate your condition.
In that case take ginseng tea without alcohol.
Hop Tea (Humulus
lupulus): The hop plant contains at least 22
constituents that have anti- inflammatory
activities, including several that act through the
same cellular mechanisms as steroid drugs. Four
constituents have antispasmodic properties, and ten
may act as sedatives. The fresher the plant, the
better. Today, hop tea is a popular remedy for
rheumatism. Place 2 or 3 teaspoons of hop leaves in
a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover the cup and
let stand for fifteen minutes. Drink the tea while
it's warm. Drink 1 to 3 cups between dinner and
bedtime as needed.
Licorice acts in the
body like cortisone, without the harmful
side-effects. Licorice is believed to enhance the
action of bupleuri. Licorice also has significant
anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy activity.
Licorice components are able to bind to
glucocorticoid receptors on cells and exert
glucocorticoid-like effects. It has been used
historically in the treatment of inflammation,
allergy, asthma and other conditions that put added
stress on the adrenals. Long-term use of licorice
can cause an elevation of blood pressure. Take 2
Mustard Plaster (Brassica
alba, Brassica juncea) Mustard plaster is a popular
counter-irritant treatment for arthritis. The
irritating substance in mustard is allyl-
isothyocyanate. This constituent is not activated,
however, until the seeds are crushed and mixed with
some liquid. Only then does the mustard produce the
irritation necessary for the counter-irritant
effect. Crush the seeds of white or brown mustard
or grind them in a seed grinder. Moisten the mixture
with vinegar, and then sprinkle with flour. Spread
the mixture on a cloth. Place the cloth, poultice
side down, on the skin. Leave on for no more than
twenty minutes. Remove if the poultice becomes
uncomfortable. After removing the poultice, wash the
vulgare). Oregano, is a powerful antioxidant. The
antioxidant activity of oregano and other medicinal
mints is due in large part to rosmarinic acid, a
compound with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory,
antioxidant and antiviral properties. The
antioxidants in oregano may help prevent the cell
damage caused by free radicals. Free radical
reactions are probably involved in inflammation,
degenerative arthritis and the aging process in
general. And evidence is accumulating that
antioxidants may help relieve osteoarthritis and
Pineapple (Ananas comosus). Bromelain, a chemical in
pineapple, helps prevent inflammation. Athletic
trainers have been reportedly recommending pineapple
to athletes to prevent and treat sports injuries. It
is believed to have beneficial effect on arthritis
also. Bromelain can help the body get rid of immune
antigen complex, compounds that are implicated in
some arthritic conditions. It also helps digest
fibrin, another compound suspected of being involved
in some types of arthritis.
Red pepper, Cayenne
pepper (Capsicum spp.) Red pepper interferes with
pain perception. The pain-relieving chemical in red
pepper, capsaicin, triggers the body to release
endorphins, nature's own opiates. Red pepper also
contains aspirin-like compounds known as salicylates.
Compounds in red pepper can also help relieve
arthritis when you apply the herb to the skin.
Researchers have discovered that you'll get
significant pain relief if you apply capsaicin cream
directly to painful arthritic joints four times
daily. In one study of this treatment, the capsaicin
cream reduced RA pain by more than half.
Osteoarthritis pain was reduced by about one-third.
Place 1 ounce of cayenne pepper in 1 quart of
rubbing alcohol (a poison not for internal use). Let
stand for three weeks, shaking the bottle each day.
Then, using a cloth, apply to the affected area
during acute attacks of pain. Leave the solution in
place for ten to twenty minutes, then wipe clean.
You can also use an OTC cream that contain capsicum
like Zostrix or Capzasin-P.
officinalis). Drinking rosemary tea to treat
arthritis is an American folk medicine practice. The
plant's leaves contain four anti-inflammatory
substances-earnosol, oleanolic acid, rosmarinic
acid, and ursolic acid. Carnosol acts on the same
anti-inflammatory pathways as both steroids and
aspirin, oleanolic acid has been marketed as an
antioxidant in China, rosmarinic acid acts as an
anti-inflammatory, and ursolic acid, which makes up
about four percent of the plant by weight, has been
shown to have anti-arthritic effects in animal
trials. Put 1/2 ounce of rosemary leaves in a
1-quart canning jar and fill the jar with boiling
water. Cover tightly and let stand for thirty
minutes. Drink a cup of the hot tea before going to
bed and have another cupful in the morning before
breakfast. Do this for two to three weeks, and then
take a break for seven to ten days before starting
the treatment again.
Sesame Seeds (Sesame
indicum): A remedy for arthritis from Chinese folk
medicine is to eat sesame seeds. One-half ounce of
the seeds contains about 4 grams of essential fatty
acids, 175 milligrams of calcium, 64 milligrams of
magnesium, and, 0.73 milligrams of copper. Increased
copper intake may be important during arthritis
attacks because the body's requirements go up during
inflammation. Grind up 1/2 ounce of sesame seeds in
a coffee grinder and sprinkle on your food at meal-
time. You can use this treatment for as long as you
Stinging Nettle (Urtica
dioica): Stinging nettle is an official remedy for
rheumatism in Germany. It is the most important herb
to consider for treating early- onset arthritis.
Nettle juice contains an anti-inflammatory component
similar to that of steroid drugs. It also nettle
contains 47 parts per million of the mineral boron,
figured on a dry-weight basis. Boron is an important
mineral for arthritis. (The Rheumatoid Disease
Foundation suggests that three milligrams of boron,
taken daily, may be helpful in treating
osteoarthritis and RA.) Directions: Take 1
tablespoon of nettle juice three times a day. You
can freeze the juice for later Turmeric (Curcumin,
Curcuma longa) Curcumin, the yellow pigment of
turmeric, has significant anti-inflammatory action.
Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as
cortisone or phenylbutazone in certain models of
inflammation. Curcumin also exhibits many beneficial
effects on liver functions. The typical dosage of
curcumin is 400 to 600 mg 3 times daily. Curcumin is
sometimes given in combination with an equal dose of
an extract of the pineapple plant called bromelain,
which appears to possess anti-inflammatory
properties of its own.
Curcumin is thought
to be quite safe. Side effects are rare and are
generally limited to occasional allergic reactions
and mild stomach upset. However, safety in very
young children, pregnant or nursing women, and those
with severe liver or kidney disease has not been
Wild Cucumber Bark Described as "the
best plant for treating rheumatism and arthritis"
according to herbalists. It can be put in drinking
alcohol or made as a tea. Dosage: Take a teaspoon
of it three times a day and one tablespoon at night.
Note: Wild cucumber is a laxative. When taking wild
cucumber bark, the dose should be kept below that
which loosens the bowels.
Wild Yam (Dioscorea
villosa): Wild yam contains diosgenin, a steroid
constituent with anti-inflammatory properties. Wild
yam tea is a popular folk remedy for muscular
rheumatism. (Some eat the root of the wild yam
instead.) Place 1 ounce of wild yam root in a
1-quart canning jar. Add a few slices of fresh
ginger root. Fill the jar with boiling water, put
the lid on tightly, and let the mixture stand until
it reaches room temperature. Drink 2 to 3 cups of
the tea each day for three to six weeks, then take a
break for seven to ten days.
various species) Willow bark was the original herbal
aspirin. It contains a chemical called salicin,
which the Bayer Company eventually transformed into
aspirin that so many people with arthritis take
daily. Willow bark tea has pain-relieving and
anti-inflammatory effects similar to those of
aspirin. But because the irritation-causing
ingredient in aspirin tablets is diluted in tea,
you'll have less risk of stomach upset, ulcer and
overdose if you take the tea instead of the pills.
procumbens): Wintergreen was used to treat arthritis
by the American Indian tribes. The plant was
accepted in the United States as an official
medicine for arthritis in 1820. The chief active
pain-relieving constituent in wintergreen is methyl-salicylate.
This compound can be toxic when consumed in
concentrated wintergreen oil, even when applied to
the skin, so stick with using the dried herb. Place
1 or 2 teaspoons of dried wintergreen leaves in a
cup and cover with boiling water. Cover the cup and
let steep for fifteen minutes. Strain and drink 3
cups a day. Do this for two to three weeks, and then
take a break for seven to ten days before starting
Yucca -Yucca has long
been used to reduce arthritic pain. A double-blind
clinical trial indicated a saponin extract of yucca
demonstrated a positive therapeutic effect. It was
suggested that effects were due to indirect effects
on the gastrointestinal flora. It is possible that
yucca decreases bacterial endotoxin absorption thus
reducing this inhibition of cartilage synthesis.
alfalfa tea, cucumber juice and gelatin have all
been reported as successful remedies for arthritis.
Remember, what works for one person may or may not
work for another. This seems to be especially true
as regards arthritis remedies. Keep trying until
you find what works the best for you.
Caution: Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) Chaparral is
widely promoted in health food stores as a treatment for
arthritis. In the early 1990s, reports of liver toxicity
for chaparral appeared in scientific documents, and 18
cases of adverse effects to chaparral have since been
reported to the USFDA. Two of those patients required
liver transplants. The individuals who were poisoned
took powdered chaparral in the form of capsules,
ingesting toxic constituents. You can avoid this by
taking a tea instead. All folk uses for chaparrel uses
it in the form of either externally as a wash or
internally as a tea and not powdered herb. We recommend
that you do not use this herb due to its toxicity.
Vitamin and Nutrition
Therapy for Arthritis:
low-cholesterol diet filled with the complex
carbohydrates found in vegetables and grains has
been shown to be very helpful in dealing with many
cases of arthritis. This type of diet reduces the
fat in the tiny arteries that supply blood to the
joints, allowing more oxygen and In addition to a
good low-fat diet, a number of vitamins, minerals
and other nutrients are useful for arthritis.
Vitamin therapy may
relieve certain arthritic symptoms. Beta carotene
(vitamin A) has an antioxidant effect on cells,
neutralizing destructive molecules called free
radicals. Vitamins C, B6, and E, as well as zinc,
are thought to enhance collagen production and the
repair of connective tissue. Vitamin C may also be
advised for people taking aspirin, which depletes
the body's vitamin C balance. Niacin (vitamin B3)
may also be helpful, although excessive use may
aggravate liver problems.
Boron plays a major
role in bone health. It helps the body regulate
calcium, keeping it from leaving the body and
weakening the bones. Epidemiological studies from
several countries have shown that in areas where the
soil contains more boron and people are presumably
eating boron-rich foods grown in that soil, there is
less osteoarthritis. When boron supplements were
given to hospitalized arthritis patients, some 90
percent reported "complete remission" of symptoms.
Apples, nuts and green leafy vegetables are good
sources of boron.
Bromelain, an enzyme
derived from pineapple, has a notable
anti-inflammatory action. Take 200 to 400 milligrams
three times daily, between meals.
Black currant seed
oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, and
flaxseed oil contain essential fatty acids that
increase the production of anti-inflammatory
prostaglandins. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of any
of these oils twice daily. It may take several weeks
to notice an improvement in symptoms.
phenylalanine ) is a simple nutritional amino acid.
Studies have shown that DLPA effectively blocks
arthritis pain and joint inflammation in many
patients. It is much safer than the standard
arthritis medications. It takes longer to show an
effect compared to standard anti-pain and
anti-arthritis drugs. More about DLPA.
compound of the simple sugar glucose and the amino
acid glutamine, has been shown to be an effective
natural means of slowing cartilage breakdown and
encouraging cartilage repair. With continued use, it
helps to relieve joint pain and stiffness. Several
studies have shown that glucosamine can be a more
effective pain reliever than ibuprofen for
arthritis. Take 500 milligrams of glucosamine three
times daily. It may take as long as six to eight
weeks to attain maximum relief.
people with arthritis are deficient in manganese, a
trace element that activates important enzymes and
is necessary for normal skeletal development. Take 5
milligrams twice daily for one month.
Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), a natural source of
sulfur, can help relieve arthritis pain and maintain
joint health. Sulfur is an essential component of
make up connective tissue. Take 500 milligrams three
or four times daily, with meals. Sulfur is naturally
found in meat, milk, poultry and fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids,
found in many fish, have shown promise in fighting
arthritis. Some 26 osteoarthritis patients ranging
in age from 52 to 85 were given either an omega-3
fatty acid called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) or a
placebo. Six months later, those who had received
the EP A had less pain and were better able to
perform normal activities, as compared to the
part of the vitamin B complex, has been shown to
help prevent and alleviate arthritis. The connection
between this nutrient and arthritis was made nearly
forty years ago. But there is definitive study that
shows precisely how it works. Many people do find
relief from their symptoms with pantothenic acid.
Take 3 g. daily. It will take one to two weeks
before you see any result. If no results are seen in
three weeks, discontinue the supplement. Some
physicians recommend up to 12 g. of pantothenic acid
a day, but this should be taken only under your
(SAM or SAM-e) is an amino acid derivative that has
been shown in clinical trials to be comparable in
effect to the combination of glucosamine and
chondroitin. Like glucosamine, SAM plays a role in
the formation of cartilage. It also exerts a mild
analgesic effect. In one study, it was shown to be
even more effective than Motrin in treating the pain
of arthritis. Try taking it as follows:
Week 1: Take 400
milligrams three times a day.
Week 2: Take 400
milligrams twice a day.
Week 3: Reduce to
a maintenance dosage or 200 milligrams twice a
Selenium is a
powerful antioxidant that fights free-radical
damage. Take 200 micrograms of selenium daily.
You'll find selenium in almonds, barley and oranges.
Shark cartilage may
be useful. Each day, take one 750-milligram capsule
per 11 pounds of body weight (or 1 gram of powder
per 15 pounds of body weight), divided into three
equal doses. Once you have achieved relief of pain,
reduce the dose to one 750-milligram capsule per 30
pounds of body weight (or 1 gram of powder per 40
pounds of body weight). See more details in our
shark cartilage page.
also known as SOD, has also shown promise as an
arthritis fighter. When 253 people with
noninfectious joint inflammation were given a
supplement containing SOD, 228 of them reported
decreased pain and swelling, along with increased
mobility of the afflicted joints.
Vitamin E protects
against muscle-wasting and is essential in cellular
respiration, thus helping remove toxins. Vitamin E,
like the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used
for arthritis, inhibits the prostaglandins that play
a role in pain. When 50 patients were given either
400 IU of vitamin E or a placebo, the vitamin E
group reported greater pain relief and had to use
less pain medication. In another study, 29 patients
were given either vitamin E or a placebo for 10
days. Then the groups were switched without their
knowledge, so that the vitamin E group was getting a
placebo and the placebo group the vitamin E for an
additional 10 days. The vitamin E produced "good"
pain relief in 52 percent of the patients, compared
to 1 percent for the placebo. Wheat germ, nuts and
tomatoes are natural sources of Vitamin E.
Choose a product
containing mixed tocopherols and start by taking 200
international units daily, then gradually increase
the dosage until you are taking 400 international
units twice daily, once in the morning and again at
Caution: If you have high blood pressure, limit your
intake of supplemental vitamin E to a total of 400
international units daily. If you are taking an
anticoagulant (blood thinner), consult your healthcare
practitioner before taking supplemental vitamin E.
Vitamin C is important for the synthesis of collagen
and the repair of connective tissue.
Vitamin B6: Many
older people are found to be deficient in B6. The
first symptoms of a deficiency include tingling,
pain, and stiffness in the hands. Arthritis patients
are recommended to take a supplement of B6 in
addition to the B6 that's in your recommended daily
antioxidant vitamin/mineral supplement.
Vitamin B1 and B12:
One study found an important relationship between
doses of NSAIDs and vitamins B1 and B12. When
administered to persons with arthritis these two B
vitamins enhanced the effectiveness of the pain
killing drugs, allowing for a lower dosage of the
drugs. The effect was seen in as little as seven
days. If you take drugs for pain relief, it would be
worth taking vitamins B1 and B12 to see if they help
you reduce your dosage.
Vitamin A and the
minerals zinc and copper are crucial to the
formation of collagen and connective tissues. Be
sure that your daily multivitamin contains at least
the minimum RDA of these.