Treating Arthritis with Common Vitamins and Minerals?

Note from the author: This article has been edited to ensure a balanced view is presented. It is meant for educational purposes only, not for dispensing medical advice. When in doubt, always consult your doctor or a medical professional first. Vitamins and minerals are used commonly nowadays — the elderly take them, working adults take them; even the young take them. When taken as dietary supplements, they can provide nutrients and trace elements which are necessary for good health and growth but missing in the foods we eat. Taking vitamins and minerals is also helpful in building the body’s resilience against ailments or dealing with existing problems. For example, it is common knowledge that Vitamin C is regarded as a defense against cold. It is also shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties. This WebMD article mentions other benefits such as protection against cardiovascular disease and skin wrinkling. However, Vitamin C is not the cure for the common cold. While supplements such as vitamins and minerals may relieve symptoms associated with diseases, they may not be able to treat illness and diseases. Understanding this distinction is important to appreciate the role of supplements with regards to arthritis pain relief and overall treatment. How Arthritis is Normally Treated The usual way your doctor would treat arthritis would be to give you some medication, invariably of the NSAID or Corticosteroid kind. About.com lists the “10 Most Commonly Prescribed Arthritis Drugs” as: Methotrexate and Folic acid; Prednisone; Plaquenil; Vicodin; Ultram; Mobic; Celebrex; Flexeril; and Lyrica. Many in this list are known to produce nasty side effects; you can learn about such dangerous medications...

Bromelain — Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory is One Best-Kept Secret

As we learned from the article “Proteolytic Enzymes as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Pain Relievers“, our body produces proteolytic enzymes to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. But as we grow older, the levels of such enzymes drop so much that we can face increased difficulty in dealing with inflammation and pain. To help restore the body’s proteolytic enzymes to healthy levels, we can consider starting on systemic enzyme therapy. One good and practical method is to take supplements rich in proteolytic enzymes. For example, a suitable remedy is Living Well Nutraceuticals‘ Heal-n-Soothe, which is a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. Also known by the medical terms proteases or peptidases, proteolytic enzymes can be found in nature’s own produce: fruits. Two such sources are the pineapple and papaya. Let’s look at the humble pineapple in this article. Bromelain — Best-Kept Anti Inflammation Secret? Bromelain is the special natural compound extracted from pineapples. It is a mixture of several proteases which have been shown to be able to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body. Though Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple, the pineapple stem is probably the most readily available commercial source. According to wikipedia.org, the Venezuelan chemist, Vicente Marcano, first isolated bromelain from pineapple in 1891. However, it was only introduced in 1957 as a therapeutic supplement. Research into Bromelain is now widespread — it began in Hawaii but has now reached Europe, Asia and Latin America. Properties of Bromelain Studies into Bromelain have revealed many medical uses and benefits. Known properties of Bromelain include: Reducing inflammation (by effecting prostaglandin synthesis) Reducing and prevent swelling Removing waste and toxins...

How to Reduce Inflammation and Eliminate Pain — Naturally or Drugs?

Many of us experience pain and swelling, whether it’s from back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, etc. And our normal solution to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation is to reach for the drugs prescribed by doctors — the likes of Aspirin, Tylenol, Naproxen, etc. We are so accustomed to this way; or should that be changed to “conditioned”? Also, it seems like as we age, pain either appears more often, or each painful episode lasts longer. Is there a reason for this? In fact, there is — and it’s a medical one. Before we get to that, let’s understand pain and inflammation a little better so that we know how to actually deal with them. How Are Pain and Inflammation Related? Most pain in your body is caused by inflammation: the body’s way of promoting healing by calling upon its own natural healing mechanisms. Inflammation brings about pain and the swelling that you feel, while behind the scenes your body works hard at healing (naturally, if it could). Read the article “Prostaglandins and Inflammation” to learn about inflammation in the body. Your body’s main defense mechanism against inflammation is through the production of proteolytic enzymes, which are actually pain fighters. These enzymes directly control inflammation, such that when the inflammation subsides, your pain also goes away. However, drugs like NSAIDs simply mask the pain and interfere with your body’s natural pain defenses. Reduction in Proteolytic Enzymes Due to Aging Now, the reason why you seem to feel more pain as you grow older is due to reduced levels of natural proteolytic enzymes that your body produces. A...

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