by Dr. Leo Galland

Natural Anti- Inflammatory Foods and Supplements That Help Arthritis

Here’s a look at some alternative natural remedies for inflammatory arthritis. There are natural anti-inflammatory foods and herbs and spices that can help with arthritis, as well as supplements.

 

Arthritis—inflammation of the joints—is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., affecting 43 million people and limiting physical activity in almost 19 million every year. (1).

 

Arthritis medications are among the most highly prescribed drugs in the world. The most commonly used over the counter drugs for arthritis, called NSAIDs, examples of which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and aspirin, also have serious side effects. For more on this, see my article Why Medication Can Be Dangerous to Your Health "According to the CDC, NSAID’s account for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. every year. (2)

 

Foods that help arthritis and supplements are under-utilized weapons in the battle against this painful inflammatory condition.

 

First, there are anti-inflammatory supplements like fish oil and borage oil that have been shown to allow reduction of NSAID use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most crippling types of arthritis. Fish oil works even better in combination with extra-virgin olive oil to reduce inflammation, as I explain below.

 

Second, there are supplements like colostrum and glutamine (an amino acid) that have been shown in research studies to help decrease the risk of stomach damage in people taking NSAIDs. Detailed research on how these supplements may help protect against NSAID side effects can be found at Pill Advised, a free web application that I’ve created to bring important research findings to a wider audience.

 

Nutrition is another vital tool in fighting inflammatory arthritis. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about what to eat, and what to not eat, to help arthritis. I’ll try to dispel some of these and present the science.

 

On November 5, 2010 I presented a review of the scientific data on the relationship between diet and inflammation at Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Fourth Annual Symposium on Nutrition and Supplements in Clinical Practice.

 

Because I’ve found these natural anti-inflammatory principles extremely beneficial for my patients with arthritis, I’m providing a summary here. (Get free healthy updates in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter below.)

 

Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Help Arthritis

 

1. Eat at least 8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

 

Choose those with bright or deep colors like cherries and berries and sweet potatoes that contain natural anti-inflammatory nutrition. Don’t believe the old saw that citrus fruits and “nightshade” vegetables like tomatoes and peppers cause arthritis. Oranges and tomatoes have been shown to have significant anti-inflammatory effects in some people. NOTE: Food allergies can trigger arthritis for some people, and if there is a food that makes your joints hurt or swell, you should avoid it, no matter how healthy it would be for someone who’s not sensitive to it. Most of the patients I’ve seen do better eating lots of vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes, incidentally, seem to have more of anti-inflammatory effect when they’re cooked or juiced, but most other vegetables and fruits are better if they’re fresh.

 

2. Choose your oils wisely.

 

Extra-virgin olive oil has natural anti-inflammatory benefits, whether raw or cooked. Recent research has identified the antioxidant called oleocanthal, which is only found in extra-virgin olive oil. Oleocanthal is a natural anti-inflammatory with potency strikingly similar to that of the drug ibuprofen in inhibiting an enzyme that causes pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that people with inflammatory arthritis experience a decrease in pain and stiffness of their joints when treated with fish oil. Even better pain management results have been observed when, in addition to fish oil, extra-virgin olive oil is part of the natural anti-inflammatory diet.

 

Flaxseed oil and flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed), also have significant anti-inflammatory effects, but should not be cooked, because cooking destroys some of the beneficial omega-3 fats. Other vegetable oils, like corn, safflower or sunflower oils, can increase inflammation and counteract the benefits of anti-inflammatory nutrients in your diet.

 

3. Eat fish 3 times a week.

 

Especially wild salmon, if it’s available and affordable, but don’t fry your fish; frying interferes with the benefits. You may want to consider supplementing your diet with the natural anti-inflammatory, fish oil. The amount of fish oil you need is not fixed; it varies from about a teaspoon (4000 milligrams) to a tablespoon (12,000 milligrams) each day, depending upon what else is in your diet. The more meat, poultry, egg yolk or dairy fat you eat, the greater your need for fish oil, because these foods contain arachidonic acid, a pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acid. The more you use vegetable oils other than extra virgin olive oil, the more fish oil you need.

 

4. Avoid sugar and foods with added sugar and refined carbohydrates

 

Reduce inflammation by cutting out white flour products, white rice and white potatoes. Several studies have shown that consuming foods of this type aggravates inflammation. Instead eat high fiber foods like whole grains and legumes. Studies have shown that high fiber diets are anti-inflammatory. Don’t worry about carrots. All the publicity given to the Glycemic Index of foods (the tendency for a food to raise blood sugar) has given carrots a bad rep. The carotenoids in carrots, anti-oxidants that create the orange color, and the fiber, make carrots an anti-inflammatory food. Carrots, like tomatoes, are also more nutritious cooked than raw.

 

5. Drink tea, black or green.

 

The notion that green tea is healthier than black tea has not been borne out by clinical trials in humans. Green tea may have anti-cancer effects, but black tea has a better track record in fighting inflammation. You need at least 3 cups a day, unless you’re a smoker, in which case no amount of tea will work for you.

 

6. Use anti-inflammatory spices in preparing your food.

 

Ginger and turmeric have excellent anti-inflammatory effects, although human clinical trials with these spices are much more limited than for the other principles listed.

 

My book The Fat Resistance Diet contains a natural anti-inflammatory program that features these foods that can help arthritis.

 

Now I’d like to hear from you…

 

Are you impacted by pain?

Do you take any medications or supplements for it?

Does what you eat, or not eat, make a difference?

Please let me know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

 

Best Health,

Leo Galland, MD

 

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References:

 

The information here is based upon principles in my upcoming article being published in print in the scientific journal, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, (http://ncp.sagepub.com/ ) December issue, where a list of scientific references supporting the principles listed above can be found.

 

1) US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm)

 

2) Robyn Tamblyn, PhD; Laeora Berkson, MD, MHPE, FRCPC; W. Dale Jauphinee, MD, FRCPC; David Gayton, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Roland Grad, MD, MSc; Allen Huang, MD, FRCPC; Lisa Isaac, PhD; Peter McLeod, MD, FRCPC; and Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, "Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice," Annals of Internal Medicine (Washington, DC: American College of Physicians, 1997), September 15, 1997, 127:429-438.

 

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36 Responses to “Natural Anti- Inflammatory Foods and Supplements That Help Arthritis”

  1. Cesilia says:

    Thank you and God bless you Dr. for all this wonderful information. I will pray for you and this website and for people to open their eyes to a healthy diet. Thank you so much again.

  2. pilladvised says:

    Glad you like the site, and thank you for your thoughtful comment. We appreciate your enthusiasm!

  3. janet says:

    Amen! What a superb, informative article!. “The Good Doctor” serves us succinctly, plainly, understandably. I need/needed to hear these words, relating
    so directly to my “pain”. Thank you so much!

  4. Donna says:

    Thanks for this wonderful information. I am going to pass this on to my 90 year old grandmother who suffers from arthritis in her back and knees.

    I’m also interested to know if you think this information could pertain to someone with fibrocystic breasts. It is essentially inflammation, so I’m thinking your answer would be yes. I was just diagnosed with this in November 2010 after my first mammogram showed both breasts were full of cysts, thus the reason that 2 weeks out of every month I’m in so much pain I can hardly stand to wear a bra. I’m also on a vitamin E and evening primrose oil regimen, and try really hard to limit my caffeine intake. I’ve also been eating baked salmon 1-2 times a week for the last couple of months.

    Any thoughts or advice you have would be much appreciated. :)

  5. Ronnie McDonald says:

    Have you heard anything on 1 tablespoon of Honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily for relief of arthritis???

  6. jay says:

    I suffer from terrible menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding. Last month I decided to take another approach besides taking all of the many over the counter pain aids I’ve been taking. I began drinking 2-3 ounces of soy milk during my peroid. This stuff works miracles. I should have thought of this before. I’m not sure what’s in it but, it works. lighter flow and hardly any cramping. From what I’ve read, statistics state that if you have a thyroid problem you should avoid this at all cost because soy acts like an active hormone. I do have this disorder but, it works so well I’ll take my chances. Read up on it before you try it.

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  9. marta says:

    HI MY NAME IS MARTA I HAVE ARTHRITIS IN MY JOINTS IT MAKES IT HARD FOR ME TO GET UP IN THE MORNINGS OR JUST TO DO ANYTHING I TAKE VICODINE IT HELPS ME TO DO MY JOB AND GET AROUND BUT I’M SO TIRED OF TAKING THEM BUT IF I DON’T TAKE THEM I’M IN ALOT OF PAIN I JUST WANT TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE NOT PILLS HERBS OR SOMETHING DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS THANK YOU

  10. Y.D. Jordan says:

    I’m a vegan who has gout. I don’t take any medication, but vitamin supplements like veg. DHA, D2, B12 and cranberry pills. But I do yoga everyday for 10-15 min. all standing asanas otherwise I won’t be able to walk. Lift weights and obviously eat only fruits, veg. etc. NO honey but agave, brown rice syrup (absolutely yummy). Also sprinkle flax seed (2 Tbsp) and 3 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds. sometimes I buy hemp milk which has a nutty flavor. No need for fish or fish oil, bad for the oceans and mercury in your body.

  11. Marjorie says:

    I have severe right hip pain and groin pain. I
    rub glocosamine cream on and take a Tylenol or
    lay on a heatpad but the pain is so horible that
    I am afraid I will fall when I put the right foot
    down. I tried Tramadol 50 mg but it made so sick
    and dizzy I had to go to bed. I have to raise my
    right leg up to get into the car since the groin
    pay is so bad if I try to lift the leg otherwise.
    Is there any hope for me?

  12. Marjorie Stewart says:

    I have severe hip pain and groin pain so that I can’t lift my right leg to get into the car and
    the pain in the hip comes and goes. ButI am so
    afraid I will fall when I put the right foot down
    since the pain hurts all the way up to my waist.
    I tried Tramadol 50 mg but it made me faint and
    hurt in my stomach. Stoped that and only use Glucosamine rub and Tylenol now.
    What other than arthritis could this be. I’ve
    been to a neurosurgeon, arthritis doctor and several orthopedists. No help so far.

  13. Dar Sal says:

    I have suffered w/arthritis for years and tried medications, over the counter and RX. Of course sometimes the pain is better, then worse. I have many family members w/the same problem. I have one hip replacement because of arthritis, a wonderful fix. Fatigue is a huge factor. I have attended many seminars conducted by Drs.

    I do not drink wine…I suffer every time..that I can live w/out.

  14. Donielle says:

    Marjorie,
    Besides these great tips for reducing inflammation, I see a sports medicine doctor and chiropractor for the exact pain you describe. I am told it is my sacro illiac (hope I spelled that right) ligaments that are injured and causing my pelvis to be unstable. I have some pain still, but it has been greatly relieved between these two kinds of doctors. God bless!

  15. liz in cozumel says:

    thank you for sorting our some truths. nsids give me an out of body experience
    and kill my digestive system.. my 5 y/0 dog also has hipdysplasia and is in a lot of pain.. what seems to work for both of us is “cats claw”(devels claw gives me heart palpitations). also do not drink too much acidic foods including coffee.. 1/2teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in water to neutralize my system.. have also found that regular use of miso has made a profound difference not only in how i feel but the level of pain i have.. have been doing most of what you suggest in this article.am dedicated to avoiding surgery so i appreciate all solid advice on inflammation…

  16. tito says:

    White tea is a very good anti-inflammatory:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090810085312.htm
    quote:
    Professor Naughton said: “These enzymes and oxidants are key components of normal body processes. However, in inflammatory conditions, suppressing the activities of these excess components has been the subject of decades of research. We were surprised to find such high activity for the white tea extracts in all five tests that were conducted.”

    The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed. “We were testing very small amounts far less than you would find in a drink,” Professor Naughton, one of the country’s leading specialists on inflammation, said. “The early indicators are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers as well as wrinkles.”

    Also black rice is good too:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101020121312.htm
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100826093202.htm

    And don’t forget yer sorghum:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100913100449.htm

  17. Carol says:

    Thank you for all the help you provide. You translate research which is potentially far over the heads of us ordinary folks into invaluable, “user-friendly” knowledge.
    I have a question which I’ve never seen addressed. I suspect it could have relevance for a significant number of people – maybe more than we know.
    People who have Chronic Kidney Disease, not on dialysis, but in some stage of kidney failure, may be harmed (often are) by too much potassium and other minerals. It’s very sad that all the wonderful benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables – which can be eaten freely and without fear by most – carry a risk to this population.
    Unfortunately, Type II Diabetics often have Kidney complications and ALSO often suffer from profound inflammatory problems.
    I’ve been warned by experts in Integrative Medicine that dietary rules which Diabetics can safely follow do not safely apply when Kidney failure is involved…That we don’t know and can’t predict how damaged kidneys will handle the healthiest of foods, spices, supplements, etc.
    This group is badly in need of natural anti-inflammatory sources. They, and even their health-care practitioners, are seriously challenged in trying to organize safe food plans which ALSO address this issue of trying to manage severe and often disabling pain naturally – while avoiding further damage to kidneys.

  18. KateC says:

    Thank you for this! I do not have arthritis, but I have a lot of other inflammation-related problems (IBS symptoms, anxiety and depression, eczema, etc.) I’m trying to manage a lot of this through natural means, and I’m always glad to read more specific antiinflammatory foods to eat.

    I worry a lot about my future with so much inflammation from such a young age. I worry about cancer, for instance, because of the link between chronic inflammation and free radical production in the body.

    In any case, thanks for posting. I wish more people knew about this! The modern diet is such a disaster. I still have a long way to go, but I feel much better since I started taking fish oil and gave up gluten and processed sugar.

    Good luck in spreading the word!

  19. Mari says:

    one year ago both of my hands swelled and became very painful. I got into my doctor and my blood work showed an elevated ANA. More tests and a trip to Mayo clinic and I am left with a possible diagnosis of morphea/eosinophilic fasciitis. My arms are hard and the skin is tight, as are my legs and face.
    I found your website and am so excited to get more information regarding my meds and the suppliments I have discovered. It seems I am on the right tract. boswellia, curcurmin, fish oil, I asked my pharmacist to look at my suppliment list but he just gave it a quick glance. I knew I had to find the answers myself. It seems the suppliments I have chosen are all fine and even good interactions.

    I am still convinced I may have been exposed to Lyme disease. I found a tick on my dog last year (right before my symptoms started) and sent it to a lab and it tested positive for Lyme. Although my blood tests have been negative.

    Thank you for all the information.

  20. Lynn says:

    Im always glad to see someone, especially in the medical field who actually knows about Lymes and doesnt believe the “just go on antibiotics for 3 weeks & it will be gone” theory. I am in the woods alot, had a bullseye on my arm a little over 3 years ago..treated with antibiotic for three weeks. Three years ago I thought it was gout in my big toe, went to several Drs., lyme test was negative and as I have psorasis, they determined I have psoriatic arthritis. I started working out and the soreness in my toes subsided a good bit, though the swelling never went down. Last year under incredible amount of stress, my fingers, knees, and other joints became affected. It seems to float thru my body. The last Rheumatoid Dr. I saw, also said psoriatic arthritis, that lyme was a hype and the typical 3 weeks anti. takes care of it. They wanted to put me on methatrexate, which after researching, I refused to do. Im not against modern medicine but have been trying to treat myself holistically. I did take glucosomine w/MSM & chondroitin for about 2 years, thinking it helped but stopped about 6 months ago and dont notice any difference. I do take a high quality fish oil, recently switched to krill oil.I started getting accupunture which seems to be helping, but I still have a gut feeling, it may be lyme. I live in NH, is there any Dr. or medical facility that would be open to more extensive testing to rule out lyme? Thanks for the info…the word needs to be spread!

  21. Kitty says:

    Lynn, you are so insightful . Three weeks on antibiotics is the first line of
    attack with subsequent close monitoring by the physician . It may recur.
    It is diagnosed both by the type of rash, fevers and fatigue, and
    Blood Test
    ( A relative has it, caught it in summer camp hiking in the woods )

    There definitely are Medical Specialists in Lyme Disease, including helpful
    articles on Lyme Disease which you can access on the Internet.

    Try Lyme Disease Specialists by contacting the National Institutes of
    Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (You can also access on the internet )
    { http://www.nih.gov }

    Also, try Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta Georgia. {www.cdc.gove}

    Hospitals/Medical Centers in your community may have websites listing
    their Specialty Clinics, Departments, and Physicians. *The Physician-
    Listing usually provides areas of specialization and medical background.

    Telephone the administrative office at your community hospital for possible
    Lyme Disease Specialists (with medical specialization, not only experience)

    The Reference Library at the Public Library may have an “up-to-date”
    Physician Directory, which should contain Specialists .

  22. donna says:

    The elimination of my inflamation triggers which is nightshade vegetables has stopped all inflamation in my body. Just one french fry or minute piece of bell pepper will start the inflamation all over again and last for weeks. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, please give this a try. Well worth it. I am free of symptoms without these triggers.

  23. BusyinCA says:

    Ginger works as well or better than prescription drugs for me, without the annoying side effects of ear ringing (ala Celebrex and such), and less expensive as well. I have had severe pain in my right knee and hip (as well as other bits that come and go :) for over four years, as well as chronic red eyes and sinus problems. Since beginning to take ginger capsules, I have days when I am almost pain free. My sinuses have mostly cleared, my stomach never gives me grief and I sleep better. The only other drug that I have tried that worked better was a limited course of Prednisone given for a sinus infection (and that drug is very powerful and has aweful side effects when taken too long)

    I started when I realized I had a craving for root beer and ginger ale. Hmmm… Both are made with extracts from root plants. I did a bit of net research and ginger is easier to find than Sassafras, so I started taking several 550 mg caps of powdered ginger root a day. It started working within a day, no longer than any other prescription NSAID I have tried, and since there seems to be little danger from taking too much, I have gradually increased my daily intake over the last several months to the point that taking more has little or no effect.

    I take 4 to 6 (depending how I feel) upon waking, with plenty of water. Two before lunch and two after, then 2 to 4 more in the late afternoon. At home after work I take another two before and after dinner and some before bed. It sounds like a lot, I know, and I regulate how many I take depending on how much pain I have. The only physical side effects I have noticed are a slight jittery feeling (similar to drinking to much coffee) and a very slight ear ringing (similar to taking Celebrex, but an order of magnitude less severe).

    My initial symptoms, besides pain, at it worst, were the inability to walk and also navigate stairs, either up or down. I still have instability walking down stairs, but I have not needed to use a cane to walk since I started using ginger. I was actually able to beat the light at a crosswalk last week. Yay. Small victories, I know, but important milestones in recovery for me :)

  24. Barbara says:

    I developed hip arthritis a year and a half ago and had to use NSAIDS to sleep. Then I read the book The Arthritis Cure by Dr. Theodosakis and began using glucosamine and chondroitin and gradually added several other antiarthritis supplements, all of which I ordered online from Swanson. My pain gradually diminished, and for a long time I haven’t needed to use any NSAIDs and have had virtually no pain. I walk a lot, which is said to help, and I believe it does. Dr. Theodosakis writes that glucosamine and chondroitin actually help rebuild the joint.

  25. Barbara says:

    P.S., I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

  26. Aleksandra says:

    Thank you for your very informative article. My husband is suffering from arthritis in his lower spine. It comes and goes but when it comes it is really painful for him, and no over the counter medication have been working for him. Today after days of seeing him in pain I started my own research that brought me among others to your site :) I read that ginger is really helpful. As a last resort we shaved some pieces of a raw ginger root, and to our surprise he started feeling major improvement withing 15 minutes of eating it. That gave us such hope that he does not have to take meds every day, that with proper supplements and diet he can make a difference! :)

  27. Lukman says:

    Having just prepped my tofu using the baked tofu rpeice in this book, I thought maybe it worth the time to write a review. Early on in life, I had IBS was told in my teens about the importance of diet changes, about not eating the nightshade veggies, no deep fried food, etc. But in this very active, busy, and wonderful life, I ended up making minimal changes to my diet, finding that if I avoided red meat, fried food, and peanuts, I wouldn’t get sick. Well, these past few years I have been hit hard with Psoriatic arthritis though it took a while to even get that diagnosed correctly. First it was psoriasis- not a spot until after 40, when it then spread over my scalp, legs, and my arms then 2 hip replacements, etc. So after the latest (shoulder) surgery, I decided it was time to get serious, and look at the food issue once more. I love my cheese, crackers, chips, and chardonnay almost too much. I’m also a teacher, wife, and mom to 2 young guys, who’s involved in animal rescue. Time is tight in our family. I’ve read up quite a bit on the anti-inflammation diet info, and have found some contradictions, and also just can’t bring myself to drinking horrible tasting tea concoctions, giving myself enemas, etc. I also do not like to cook, much less have time for it. Let’s add, no self-discipline. So given all that, this book really helped me to change my life in a wonderful way. She gives very reasonable, clear information on what foods to avoid, and which ones to include in your diet in easy to read charts. Using this book over the others, I’ve been able to make changes to my diet, lose 13 pounds in two months without thinking I’m on a diet, and go without using Enbrel or other meds that lowered my immune system. My psoriasis is clear on my legs and arms still working on the scalp and I feel and look great. What I’ve done instead with my doctor’s blessing is *replace the meds with fish oil supplements, prescribed so they are clear of any contaminants, and take vitamin c, d, and calcium supplements *Eliminate eating processed sugar, and avoid cane product in general I have been shocked at the amount of sugar in our food!! and this has helped me revise my kids food, to decrease this with them as well in a way they can live with Honey, maple syrup, and molasses are ok *Drink green teas *Avoid, but not totally eliminate wheat products just reduce, but eat whole grain food *Reduce the amount of dairy I eat I still need a little of my cheese!! But no milk replace with soy/rice milk, careful to buy those that do not have cane sugar in them. *Increase the amount of grain, veggies, fruits, and nuts NO PEANUTS however in my diet. *Use only olive oil, or canola even given what she stated about it and coconut oil in baking *Eliminate all nightshade veggies -these include potatoes (a tough one!!) tomatoes (also tough!) eggplant, among others. *No alcohol for the first month, and now limit my intake to one glass, when going out with friends. *I still have my morning cup of coffee This book has helped me to make food changes for me and my family. My husband will always be a meat eater! but I’m able to make foods for all of us without a lot of extra effort. This book has done so much for me, and I’m grateful to the author for providing information that has helped me to create a huge positive change to my health and life. If you have been through anything similar to what I’ve been through, this book is definitely a great resource.

  28. Judith says:

    Just wanted to share a couple of my experiences with hip pain and with ginger, the wonder root.

    About a year back I started having a very deep, debilitating and constant pain in my right hip… After some medical tests, X-rays,etc I received 3 kinds of very strong medicines, couple of sprays, an entire paraphernalia in a bag…. While I had given natural birth to 3 very big boys,I have been healthy, no Bp, no diabetes or anything chronic and I have still not entered menopause … It was a shock to have difficulty getting into the car and getting out of it again. I work full time, having to drive and carry stuff quite a bit…. After getting out the medication, I am told how to take it and NOT to drive with them… Well, as you can imagine, that made the “cure” impossible. So I have taken them over a weekend that already caused nausea and a stomach upset… In the rest, I had to stop. After much research, I realized that the,ligaments in my back became loose, probably due to less swimming in the winter and I started doing leg lifts with weights, floor stretches and more importantly, every morning and night a set of 100 butt squeezes with a hold. When i asked the doc for physioptherapy, he said it is difficult to get insurance approval – since technically there is nothing wrong with me – my bones are strong, no osteoporosis, no arthritis, etc. just the debilitatimg pain! I suppose they prefer to pay medications that could ultimately ruin other body parts due to serious side effects.

    I have been taking supplements since very young, Ca, mg, zc tablets, now I added fish oil and B also. I stay away from added sugars, cut back on white bread, gluteus in general and eat only fresh fruit till noon. This regimen seems to keep my ligaments in good shape and my pelvis is not loose in the joint. I also swim and try walking more, which is difficult here in Dubai. I decided to lose a bit weight also and caught onto ginger and lemon tea drinking… Which seems to be a great appetite suppressant, beside helping with upper respiratory allergies, often caused by Ac and dusty air. I was happy to read this site and all the great comments. Hope more people will share their holistic experiences.

  29. Ngozi says:

    Thank you so much for this article.
    My mum was just diagnosed to have
    arthritis and learning that the disease
    is uncurable l felt she needs natural
    food to relieve her. Well done !

  30. Christine Wood says:

    Trying to relieve broken tibia plateau pain.trying fish oil flax seed oil.CoQ10 and borage oil also taking vitamin D.gluathione vitamin c. I was immobilized for 3 month lost veins e in lower calf elastically blood likes to pool when i walk on it my ankles
    hurt like they are sprained

  31. Cal Matthew says:

    I use 1 tbl spoon Raw Honey wih 1 tbl spoon Apple cider vinegar at night before bed. and soak in a large tub of warm water with 2 cups of apple cidar vinager & 1 cup Epson Salt 3 to 4 times a week. helps me.

  32. Linda Bouwens says:

    I have been diagnosed with polymyalgia rhuematica I have been on steroids for almost 10 months tapering slowly…I am now stuck at 8mg. and can’t seem to break that level as the inflammation returns. now I am having trouble with pressure in my eyes….I will try some of these ideas to relieve the inflammation.

  33. Carol Larsen says:

    I was diagnosed with RA several years ago and began infusions of Orenica. It has lowered my immune system so that I get infections constantly. My son has wanted me to stop taking the Orencia and try to use more natural alternatives. He sent me this web site for me to receive information and it has…At this time I’m suffering with two infections and one can be life threating if the right medicine isn’t prescribed..here’s hoping. I’ve already cancelled my next infusion…I’m going natural to help relieve my inflammation.

  34. Donna D. says:

    Has science connected inflammation to GMOs yet? I’m very reluctant to include soy in my diet because soy was one of the first crops that was altered. Potatoes that have been genetically altered have been conclusively shown to cause tumors. (research done in Scottland). I’m trying to stay with crops that have not been damaged, yet. I grow my own vegetables in the summer, and not even that is safe. Monsanto was granted the right to lable their seed as “heirloom”. So now I have to be sure my seed comes from other gardeners who saved the seed themselves. I’ve cut my meat intake down considerably, but I’m still leery of canned fish, etc. It is so hard to feed oneself when the planet is so polluted now days.

  35. Debra B says:

    Recently after 3 months of 8 (out of 10) neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain/swelling, I was dx’d with RA. I had started research on inflammatory foods and have avoided them for 2 months now. Increasing ginger, tumeric, cherries, berries, cinnamon, veggies,fish while avoiding the nightshade family,gluten, eggs,coffee and greasy,fried foods seems to help. I’ve read that supplements of Vit D,C and E plus fish oil and glu. chond. are particularly helpful so use them now also. It may just be the waxing and waning of RA, time will tell, but I am committed to an anti-inflammatory diet for life. It took years to get sick, it may take awhile to get well.

  36. Jennifer says:

    Millions of older women suffer the pain and stiffness of arthritis, especially in their knee joints, which can severely curtail everyday activities like climbing stairs or getting out of a car. It turns out there may be a way to protect our knees and avoid the discomforts of aging: strong thigh muscles.

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