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5 Tips to Helping Arthritis Naturally

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
 
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5 natural ways to help arthritis
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Many women suffer from arthritis aches and pains that linger for hours or stay for days. The pain and stiffness can really inhibit daily activities such as putting on shoes, opening jars, and even walking.

Osteoarthritis is commonly known as degenerative arthritis and is due to repetitive use, injury, aging, genetics and certain diseases.

Treatment can be difficult as many of the causes are not curable such as aging (sorry, ladies) or genetics. However these five natural tips may be helpful in reducing your inflammation.

1) Turmeric
The spice that is also known as curcumin has pain-reducing qualities as it inhibits the inflammatory pathway known as COX-2. One cannot eat enough of the spice. Therefore it's a good idea to take a good quality supplement at 1500-2000 mg one to two times per day. Side effects can include gastrointestinal upset, so start with a lower dose and build up.

2) Green Lipped Mussels
These mussels from New Zealand have anti-inflammatory properties for those with arthritis. The typical dose is 500-1000 mg one to three times per day. It can take four to six weeks to take effect, however research is promising. Be very careful if you are allergic to mussels. Side effects may include nausea or diarrhea, so start with a lower dose and increase gradually.

3) Devil’s Claw
Also known as Harpagophytum procumbens, devil's claw is an herbal plant that comes from Africa and contains the active ingredient, harpagosides to lower pain and inflammation. The typical dose is about 1000 mg per day (totalling 50-60 mg harpagosides -- read the label) in divided doses.

Those with ulcers or gallbladder disease should use this plant cautiously. Those with blood sugar problems need to monitor their levels as devil’s claw has been known to lower glucose levels.

4) Krill oil
Everyone knows about the vast importance of fish oil but krill oil is quickly making a name for itself when it comes to reducing pain and inflammation (especially C-reactive protein) of arthritis.

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