With no cure and a limited number of treatment options, many people living with arthritis turn to natural treatments to help ease their symptoms. One vitamin that has shown some promise as a potential arthritis treatment is vitamin B6 as some studies have linked deficient vitamin B6 levels with a higher degree of joint inflammation and pain in arthritis sufferers.Read More >>
Mothers who breast-feed for more than a year are around 50% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis according to a new study published this month in the journal Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, compared 136 individuals who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis to 544 women who were free of the illness.Read More >>
Polyphenols found in green tea may both prevent arthritis and reduce the severity of symptoms according to a study published in the April 1999 edition of the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers compared mice who were fed water containing 0.2% green tea polyphenols with mice who received pure water after the mice were injected with collagen in order to induce arthritis.Read More >>
Vitamin D, the so called “sunshine vitamin”, which is thought to play a role in coronary heart disease and cancer prevention, may also reduce an individuals risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis according to recent evidence.
The largest study looking at the effect of vitamin D on rheumatoid arthritis was published in January 2004 in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. Researchers in that study analyzed 29,368 women who had participated in the Iowa Womens Health Study. The participants were aged between 55 and 69 and were initially free of rheumatoid arthritis. They were followed over an 11 year study period between 1986 and 1997.Read More >>
A study on mice, presented in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, has suggested that moderate alcohol consumption may actually protect against arthritis.
Researchers at the Gothenburg University in Sweden injected mice with collagen to initiate collagen induced arthritis (CIA) in the mice. The mice were injected at the beginning of the experiment and received an additional injection after three weeks. CIA development in mice is as established model of rheumatoid arthritis in humans.Read More >>
A new study published in the journal Rheumatology has found that taking 10g of cod liver oil each day may reduce the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) allowing sufferers to reduce their use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) by 30 percent or more.
97 patients took part in the nine month study which involved individuals being randomly assigned to a group receiving either a 10g cod liver oil capsule each day or an air filled placebo capsule.Read More >>
It is well known that arthritis sufferers are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. A new study has found that switching to a vegan diet, free of gluten, may both reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in those with the illness.
The study, lead by researchers at the Karolisnka Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, followed 66 volunteers who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.Read More >>
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in certain carotenoids may reduce an individuals chances of developing arthritis according to recent evidence.
One such study was conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005, and involved following 25,000 participants from the EPIC study between 1993 and 2001. During the study, 88 people developed inflammatory polyarthritis, which was defined as arthritis in 2 or more joint groups.Read More >>
Glucosamine is an amino-sugar that is a major component of joint cartilage. It is thought that glucosamine can help rebuild cartilage and reduce inflammation, making it an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. While some studies have found glucosamine effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis, other studies have not found a link between glucosamine and osteoarthritis.Read More >>