A good arthritis remedy focuses on the following details:
- Foods that aggravate arthritis
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Nutrients that heal and maintain healthy joints
The kind of arthritis we are talking about here is osteoarthritis….the kind referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. Not the autoimmune kind called rheumatoid arthritis…that’s a whole new ball game.
At my mom’s age, I think she should have arthritis. My doctor is amazed that she doesn’t. At her age, her joints are supposed to be worn and cranky. But they aren’t. Why not? Is it genes….no…. my grandmother suffered from arthritis until the day she died.
I don’t think arthritis is simply just wearing and tear. I think that it is a combination of things. Young people don’t have arthritis….unless they sustain some kind of joint injury…so….what happens to them to make prone to joint pain and buckling fingers?
For one thing, we become insulin resistant as we age and as a result, we don’t handle sugars properly. There is a glucose molecule that is critical to healthy joints called glucosamine. Glucosamine is a critical joint lubricant but a sugar metabolism problem disrupts the delicate manufacturing process in the body. Have you ever met a person suffering from arthritis that didn’t love sweets and carbohydrates? I had a man tell me once that he didn’t care for sweets. I then had him tell me what his favorite foods were. He named mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans and grilled steaks. 3 out of 4 foods were high starch (sugar) foods!
So we become glucosamine deficient! We don’t make enough, and our joints begin to scrape on each other and then inflammation occurs. Arthritis occurs in joints, where movement occurs, not smooth bones. But here’s the thing, it’s not so easy to get glucosamine in a tablet to restore the proper levels in the body. Glucosamine Sulfate HCL is synthetic and not easily utilized by the body. About a 65% absorption rate. The best form is Glucosamine Sulfate from natural sources. It is not the (HCL) hydrochloride form. You have to read the labels. NSI makes a natural one.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin (from shellfish) are added to balance the overproduction of fluid in the inflamed joint. Follow the instructions on the label.
In addition to cutting out sugar, avoid the nightshade vegetables because they contain the chemical solanine: Tomatoes, white potatoes, all peppers except black pepper, eggplant and tobacco in any form.
Other substances that help with pain, inflammation and stiffness:
Essential Fatty Acid Combination Products NSI Complete EFA to control inflammation and swelling
- Niacin (flush free) 500mg. twice a day with a B Complex tablet for healthy nerve/pain management and circulatory issues associated with joint disorders
- Vitamin C (Ester C)( to bowel tolerance) because of its role in collagen/soft tissue production
- A good comprehensive multi-vitamin for selenium, Vitamin E, minerals, and other critical nutrients missing in the arthritic’s diet. I like a Senior Formula even if the person is only in their fifties.
- Please understand that if you continue to eat high amounts of carbohydrates you going to pay for it, and painful joints aren’t the only problem in your future. Cancer, heart disease, obesity, etc….
And before I forget to tell you, there is a form of arthritis that is caused by gonorrhea that may have been contracted over twenty years ago. If you had unprotected sex years ago, it might not be a bad idea to get a DNA test for gonorrhea. Some people are really surprised to be 60 years old and test positive. And some people in their forties who were exposed in college find themselves with arthritis…. this may be something you need to look into….