Fight your osteoarthritis naturally

by JOHN BRIFFA, Daily Mail

Of all the 80 or so joint conditions that are currently medically recognised, osteoarthritis is by far the most common.

It affects one-third of the population aged between 45 and 65, and three-quarters of individuals thereafter are affected to some degree.

Traditionally, osteoarthritis is treated with painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

Fortunately, in recent years, there has been significant interest in natural treatments for osteoarthritis.

There is now good evidence that natural medicine offers safe and effective approaches to this debilitating condition.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis are characterised by the degeneration of the cartilage which lines the bones and acts as a shock-absorber.

The condition predominantly affects the hips, knees, spine and hands. Osteoarthritis commonly leads to problems with pain and/or stiffness in the affected areas.

One of the most commonly used diets is one which eliminates foods of the nightshade family, such as tomato, potato, capsicums and aubergine.

These foods contain a substance called solanine which some scientists believe may be involved in the processes which cause osteoarthritis.

Conventional medical wisdom has often dictated that patients suffering from osteoarthritis should avoid exercise as it may accelerate the rate at which cartilage degenerates.

But keeping active is actually an important part of combating osteoarthritis. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because it strengthens muscles and increases suppleness without putting strain on the body.

Many natural agents offer relief from osteoarthritis, and may help to reverse the condition. One of the most widely researched natural remedies is glucosamine sulphate.

This compound is an essential building block in the manufacture of cartilage tissue, and may actually help to repair damaged cartilage.

Perhaps once the results of this study are published, these useful natural agents will make their way into mainstream medicine.

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