Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 2

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.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In a healthy immune system, the body produces inflammation to solve a problem and then it goes away. If you have arthritis, then your immune system is constantly overreacting and producing more and more inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids provide your body with compounds called resolvins, which help to bring inflammatory responses to an end. Omega-3 supplements have been shown to be effective in reducing pain and stiffness in arthritis patients. However, omega-3 fatty acids can make blood clot more slowly, so people taking medications that affect clotting should discuss supplementing with their doctor.

MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane, MSM for short, is found in fruits and vegetables. It helps to form connective tissues in the body. It has been shown to have modest effects on arthritis, but anti-inflammatory claims have not been proven through clinical trials. Not much is known about the side-effects or drug interactions of MSM, except that it should be avoided if taking any blood-thinning medications.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for creating connective tissues, such as collagen and elastin found in the joints. When the body is producing constant inflammation, as in the case of osteoarthritis, vitamin C stores are quickly used up, increasing the recommended daily allowance for that person. Without enough vitamin C, muscles break down, connective tissues aren’t repaired, and toxins build up, causing pain, stiffness, and joint damage. Almost all joint damage is related to vitamin C deficiency due to the body’s vitamin C requirement for proper tissue regeneration.

You may have heard that vitamin C can worsen arthritis pain and damage to the joint. This can be true in some cases. One study found that extremely high doses caused more pain to osteoarthritis patients, while high doses caused great relief to patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The difference is if the joint damage is being caused by a faulty immune system, or simple wear and tear. If your immune system is compromised by lupus, diabetes, or other autoimmune disorder, then higher doses of vitamin C can help to calm and regulate immunity, giving you relief and repair. If your joints are damaged because of wear and tear, then extremely high doses of vitamin C may inhibit inflammation from ever forming, which can prevent the body from noticing when damage is occurring.

This is why it is so important for you to talk with your doctor before supplementing. Not only are different dosages recommended for different conditions, but some supplements can reduce effectiveness of prescription drugs. If you’ve avoided vitamins and supplements because of stomach issues, look for ones that are enteric coated. Vitamin C in buffered form is available for people with stomach ulcers or stomach acid issues. Wholesale Nutrition offers the best vitamin C on the market, with no added ingredients and in buffered form, as always.

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, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. 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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Sources:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/RA/getthefacts.htm

http://www.arthritistoday.org/what-you-can-do/eating-well/arthritis-diet/fatty-acids-benefits.php

http://www.arthritistoday.org/what-you-can-do/eating-well/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c-amount.php

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