Osteoarthritis


 I have Osteoarthritis and would like a natural way to deal with the pain and inflammation. What can you recommend?

 

What you need to focus on is natural products that help to reduce inflammation in the body.  Some of the best things to do this are Omega 3 fatty acids.  The compounds found in omega 3 products like fish oil promote the production of prostaglandins and eicosanoids (signaling agents in the body) that help to reduce inflammation.

Herbs such as Turmeric, Boswellia, Cats claw and Ginger are known to arrest pathways in the body that promote inflammation. 

Glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin are natural products that provide nutrients necessary for the body to build the collagen in your joint spaces.  If collagen growth can be supported, the wear and tear on your joints that is causing the pain can be reduced.  It is not always an effective tool for everyone, but those who are responders can really have a significant amount of improvement and reduction of pain.  They are reasonably priced and carry very little of risk of side effects so it is often worth a try. 

Diet can also be a significant factor in promoting inflammation and worsening pain.  Foods high in sugar can promote inflammation in addition to alcohol and cigarettes.  Eating a diet centered on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats (chicken, turkey and especially fish) and whole grains can make a huge impact on inflammation and pain. 

In Health,

Dr. Passero






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