Arthritis Information

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Chondroitin Sulfate:

Chondroitin Sulfate is a compound found in cartilage such as bovine or shark cartilage. It attracts water and holds it in the joint which helps maintain the cartilage and prevent dehydration. (Dehydration has been linked to worsened joint pain). Chondroitin sulfate also protects the cartilage from degeneration by blocking the enzymes that destroy it.

NOTE: Not to be used by pregnant woman or if you are taking blood thinners.

Glucosamine Sulfate:

Glucosamine Sulfate is an amino acid sugar that helps rebuild connective tissue if there is tissue to build upon. What I mean by this is if the person has extreme osteoarthritis where they have a bone on bone situation, then they may not see results as well as someone who is in the beginning or middle stages of the disease. However do not let this deter you from trying glucosamine sulfate because most people find it very beneficial most of the time. I have only seen a couple of cases where they didn’t think they were benefiting from the supplementation, only to realize that after they went off of the product they felt worse.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): biological sulfur that is found in fruits and veggies such as onions and garlic. Sulfur is critical in the formation of healthy connective tissue.

MSM reduces the inflammation that causes pressure on surrounding nerves which causes the pain. MSM also is said to promote blood flow which aids in healing. MSM reduces muscle spasms.

Wobenzyme N: Is an enzyme blend developed in Germany to overcome chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance the healing response.

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Other Supplements that have been used for osteoarthritis:

Turmeric: Curcumin the active compound in turmeric is used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also has powerful antioxidant properties. And is now said to have anti-cancer properties.

Hyaluronic acid: An Amorphous extra cellular material; it binds cells together, lubricates joints, and maintains the shape of the eyeballs.
Tart Cherry is said to reduce inflammation and increase melatonin production for better sleep patters. It also is high in antioxidants.

Boswellia: Is an herb used in Ayurvedic (India) Medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and to suppress the further breakdown of connective tissue. It is used in both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

Discussion:

Arthritis is a very complex ailment many that researchers have studied extensively. I have seen many good and not so good outcomes for people trying to lessen their arthritic pain. If you don’t see any changes after about three months on supplementation, program then you need to consider the following as possible issues concerning your arthritis issues.

· Food Allergies

· Hypothyroidism.

· Digestive disorders

· Nutrient Deficiencies

· Cleansing Programs

· Low circulating oxygen

· Dehydration

* Stress

 High Acid Diet

 

It does not matter what you are taking or how much money you spend on supplements if your metabolic processes are not functioning correctly  and you are not eating properly then you may not experience much improvement.  I have found out that adhering to a gluten free, dairy free, high alkaline diet proves to be very sufficient in managing my arthritis.