Rheumatoid arthritis can drain the quality from life, and while there is no treatment, there are a number of ways to manage symptoms—including ensuring that you get all of the nutrients you need. We asked experts to share their thoughts on the best supplements for people affected by RA. Read on to learn more.
When living with RA, a smart joint strategy is essential to keep you moving well. Along with rest and exercise, nutritional supplements play a role in joint care. According to Harvard Medical School, studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate do appear to reduce joint pain, although we do not know the mechanism of action.
I recommend four types of supplements to help with the treatment and ease of rheumatoid arthritis. Firstly there is Curcumin, which is from turmeric root. There is evidence to suggest that this root has anti-inflammatory properties, perfect to help with the swelling that comes with this illness. Next is Vitamin D, which is the vitamin most commonly recommended by doctors, as it can be used to help with the pain and prevent you from getting arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help with the illness, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
Always check with a doctor before taking anything to help with your chronic condition, but these should help you in a multitude of ways.
Vinai is a Pharmacist and Co-Founder of Vitamins Only, an Australia-based e-store for natural supplements.
Normally I recommend keeping the body warm, i.e., using an electric blanket or hot water bottle. This reduces the stiffness of the joints when you wake up.
[I recommend] natural anti-inflammatories, such as turmeric or fish oils, to help with the inflammation process. Also, regular exercise and gentle movements help with joint mobility and hence reduce pain.
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