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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 2

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Part 2

Do your research before you supplement for arthritis.

In “Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1” we discussed how glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and SAM-e supplements can help to relieve arthritis pain and improve joint condition. Now we will continue delving into which vitamins and supplements are actually proven to improve osteoarthritis conditions. Don’t waste your money on supplements that offer no real benefit or relief to you. Use the actual research to decide which vitamins and supplements may actually offer the benefits that you’re looking for.
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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Part 1

Are you taking the right supplements for your arthritis?

There are many supplements out there marketed towards arthritis supplements, so how do you know which ones will actually help the pain? You have to do your research. Learn how something might help you to determine if it is actually going to give you the benefit that you desire. Doctors say that there are some vitamins and supplements that really are helpful in relieving arthritis pain and improving the condition of joints, but many of them could interact with prescription medication or each other and therefore should be left alone.
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Vitamin C Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes great amounts of inflammation in the joints and the tissues around the joints. It can also eventually lead to organs being affected by the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. It generally starts with stiffness in joints on both sides of the body. As it progresses, it can cause joints to lose their range of motion and become deformed.

Studies show that getting plenty of vitamin C in your diet or through supplementation can greatly reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Subjects tested with low vitamin C had twice the inflammation in their joints as compared to the people who had normal amounts of vitamin C in their blood. The research showed that the antioxidant properties of the vitamin C had a protective effect on the connective tissues in the joints.

The researchers said that the difference in inflammation between the subjects receiving the least amount of vitamin C and the subjects receiving the most was so great, that the people with the least vitamin C in their diets were three times more likely to develop inflammatory arthritis. This is important information for people that have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, like sarcoidosis, that commonly lead to rheumatoid arthritis.

You should work with your doctor when supplementing with vitamins for arthritis because high levels of C have been linked to aggravation of symptoms with other forms of arthritis, like osteoarthritis.

Antioxidants help to prevent arthritis by fighting and clearing out free radicals. Free radicals are produced by the inflammation and then the immune system attacks the free radicals by producing more inflammation. So, it’s a vicious cycle. Clearing out the free radicals with antioxidant vitamin C helps to break the inflammatory response cycle.

It is also important to get rid of free radicals because they have a “free” electron that is looking for something to attach to. These damaging molecules attach to tissues and cells in the body and corrupt the sequences of the cells that keep them functioning. This is the damage that is associated with the development of the disease.

Cells damaged by free radicals and inflammation invite more free radicals to be produced. Vitamin C attaches to free radicals and sweeps them out of the body. It also strengthens cell walls, giving them a defense against free radicals looking to attack. As an additional benefit, vitamin C facilitates collagen and elastin production, so that damaged areas can be effectively repaired.

Talk with your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C to slow down progression or prevent rheumatoid arthritis from developing. Using a non-acidic form, like buffered vitamin C, can help a lot with the stomach upset normally associated with vitamin C supplementation.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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