Creaky joints, rheumatism, arthritis or a touch of lumbago – whatever you call it,
there’s one thing you know for sure – it hurts!
A pill to cure what ails you would indeed be a miracle and there are plenty of
painkillers that can help ease the pain, but surely it is to the causes we should look in
order to understand the root of the problem.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of this disease. It is seen mainly, but not
exclusively, in the elderly – surveys show that 80 per cent of people over the age of
50 have osteoarthritis and it is ten times more common in women that in men.
Rheumatoid arthritis, however, is an inflammatory condition that affects the entire
body; it is much rarer, affecting just 1 to 2 per cent of the population. It is an
autoimmune reaction where antibodies develop against joint tissues – its cause
So what can you do to help yourself? Why not look to natural preparations and a
modification of your diet to help your condition, rather than simply taking
painkillers to mask the problem.
Researchers have discovered that some foods have pro-inflammatory properties,
while others help to reduce inflammation. The most problematic foods for some
sufferers tend to be the nightshade family of foods, which include tomatoes, peppers,
potatoes and aubergines, dairy products, fried foods and shellfish. Anti-inflammatory
foods include oily fish, fruits, vegetables and walnuts.
Dietary supplements may also help to alleviate joint pain and discomfort.
• Quercetin – a non-citrus bioflavonoid displays a powerful effect in the treatment
and relief of arthritis pain and swelling.
• Glucosamine – this amino sugar has been successful in many clinical studies in the
management of arthritis and its symptoms. Glucosamine is produced in the body and
is a major factor in the production of the joint lubricating synovial fluid as well as
• Boswellia – reduces damage caused by long-term
inflammation. Improves integrity of the blood
vessels around the joint so improving the supply
of nutrients to the area.
• Turmeric – a natural anti-inflammatory agent,
supports liver function and detoxifies compounds
from the digestive tract which exacerbate
• Celadrin® – a natural anti-inflammatory agent
that promotes joint health by reducing inflammation
and restoring mobility.