If you are living in constant pain from arthritis, then you are not alone. 1 in 5 people in America, that is 50 million people, over the age of 18 suffer from some form arthritis! The good news is that there may be natural remedies for arthritis which can help ease that suffering.
Arthritis is a condition which results in stiff, painful, hard to move joints for sufferers. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is caused by cartilage wearing away in the joints which then allows the bones to rub together without protection.
Sadly, there are no cures for arthritis at this moment in time and even pharmaceutical treatment is designed to address the symptoms and not the causes of the problem.
That means it can be wise to augment or even replace drug therapy with natural remedies for arthritis. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective natural ways to cut down pain from arthritis.
Research by the University of Michigan shows that losing weight for arthritis pain is highly recommended.
This is not just because heavier people are placing more strain on their joints but also because the acids in human fat can actively dissolve the cartilage on our joints. Yes, being overweight may be a direct cause of arthritis.
Losing weight of course means most of us need to take two further steps both of which can help improve our ability to handle pain from our arthritis: eat a healthier diet and take more exercise.
Improve Your Diet
It won’t come as a huge surprise to many natural health devotees but there are foods which have been shown to help with inflammation and arthritis:
- Sources of Omega-3. Omega-3s are specific type of fat found in fish as well as seeds, walnuts, etc. They are said to have anti-inflammatory properties.
- High Sulphur content foods. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) not only reduces inflammation but it has been shown in trials to beat the placebo in restoring both movement function and reducing pain. Onions, garlic, cabbage, etc. are good places to find MSM.
- Antioxidants. Antioxidants are often regarded as something of a natural panacea but while this isn’t the case, they do have mild anti-inflammatory properties and every little bit of help counts when it comes to pain.
- Bone broth. This contains proline and glycine (amino acids) that have restorative properties for connective tissues. It’s also rich in sulphates.
- High-fiber foods. These will fill you up and help you lose weight as well as lower the risk of contracting any further complications for your arthritis. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, etc. are all rich in fiber and tasty too.
If you need ideas on how to make meals that act as natural remedies for arthritis check out: The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook: Anti-Inflammatory Recipes to Fight Flares and Fatigue by Caitlin Samson.
Get Fit And Active
We won’t lie to you, we know that exercise can be painful when you have arthritis and this can lead to low levels of physical activity. Unfortunately, joint health depends on exercise and if you exercise right – it can treat your arthritis!
The idea is to work the muscles around the affected joints so that they become stronger and “carry more of the load” when you use the joint. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that this may be the most effective arthritis natural remedy of them all.
The aim is to do 30 minutes a day of moderate activity or 15 minutes a day of vigorous activity. You may want to talk to a personal trainer with experience in designing a program from arthritis sufferers or use this book for ideas on what to do for your arthritis: Arthritis: What Exercises Work: Breakthrough Relief for the Rest of Your Life, Even After Drugs & Surgery Have Failed by Dava Sobet.
Consider CBD Treatment
We talk a lot about CBD for pain [NB1] in another article so we’ll just cut to the chase here. We think CBD is the best legal alternative pain medicine out there. It is a marijuana derivative which is 100% legal to use. It’s one of the best arthritis natural remedies that we’ve tested.
Consider Introducing Ginger And Turmeric To Your Diet
Ginger is well-known for having analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on all sorts of conditions. That means it cuts down on pain when you have arthritis. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that ginger is extremely tasty too. We would recommend that you go easy if you’re not used to the taste, it is a little spicy and you don’t want to overpower your taste buds.
Turmeric has even more scientific evidence that it is a strong anti-inflammatory and painkiller – so much so that one study found turmeric to be nearly as effective as sodium diclofenac, a standard prescription medicine for arthritis.
It is, however, something that you might not be as used to as ginger – though if you like a curry, it’s the coloring agent that gives many curries the orangey/yellow color as well as having a subtle taste of its own.
If you don’t know how to cook with turmeric, you can always experiment with new recipes or you could just take it in a supplement form. We like Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine Joint Pain Relief – Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Supplement but there are plenty to choose from.
It’s also worth noting that these two natural remedies for arthritis have absolutely no side effects which can make them much more attractive than pharmaceutical remedies.
There are many more possible arthritis natural remedies but the five listed here are those we believe to have the most impact on arthritic pain. We recommend that you talk to your physician if you are going to introduce natural remedies for arthritis in place of any currently prescribed medicines.
Remember that natural remedies for arthritis are complementary to medicine and in many cases, they can be used as well as your current regime. Combining approaches is often the best way to tackle pain – this way you get twice the benefits.
Living with pain Is not easy but it can be made easier.