Soothe inflammation and pain with things you already have stocked up at home
There are more than 100 types of arthritis and each one of them calls for a different method of treatment. Consulting an expert who can diagnose the exact type of arthritis the patient suffers from is crucial to treat it effectively. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory arthritis that affects women more than men. It is an autoimmune disease which means that the immune system attacks the healthy cells in the body instead of the virus for some reason. In this condition, the joints fall victim and inflammation of the joints leads to deformity and joint damage. However, there are ingredients available in your home that can help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and, if used consistently, it can reduce the symptoms of the condition considerably.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritis properties that can help relieve a patient of rheumatoid arthritis of its symptoms. A study conducted in 2012 evaluated the safety and effectiveness of this spice against NSAIDs that were given to patients all suffering from rheumatoid arthritis patients. The study concluded that curcumin had a better effect in treating pain and inflammation without any side effects while several of the patients who were treated with NSAIDs dropped out of the program because of side effects. Another study conducted in 2006 found that turmeric supplements, which contain curcuminoids, blocked inflammatory pathways in the blood stream and prevented proteins from triggering the swelling and pain, thus decreasing inflammation and reducing pain to a considerable degree. In addition to this, turmeric also has an immune-system modifying effect as it stops the creation of an antibody called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that creates inflammation. You can consume turmeric by adding it as a spice in your cooking. Alternatively, you can mix half a teaspoon of powdered turmeric along with a tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon in a tall glass of warm water and drink this every morning.
The University of Miami conducted a study that tested the effects of highly concentrated ginger extract to placebos which were given to 247 patients with arthritis. The study found that ginger decreased pain and stiffness by 40 percent compared to the placebo, thus, concluding that ginger extract could someday be the substitute to NSAIDs. Scientists say that ginger affects inflammation at a cellular level which is why it gives so much relief from swelling. Ayurvedic medicine has ginger for its anti-inflammatory, antiulcer and antioxidant properties since centuries. Ginger can be consumed in the form of teas, powders, oils, foods, capsules and tinctures that are made from the plant. Ginger also has the property of soothing a bad stomach but be careful about how much you have, because too much of it can cause a stomach ache. You can also grate fresh ginger into warm water and let it sit for a few minutes before sieving the mix into cups. Serve as tea.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil capsules are proven to decrease pain, as well as the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treating rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs can provide a lot of relief but they come with side effects too. Fish oil comes from salmon, tuna, anchovies and mackerel and contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) which are great in reducing morning joint stiffness. However, keep a check on the dosage, especially if you are on other medication because too much fish oil can increase the risk of bleeding if consumed with other drugs. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, consult your healthcare specialist before consuming fish oil. Some folks have reported a belching and bad taste after eating fish oil capsules so having it after a meal is recommended. You can also get this nutrient from the original source which is fish. Include it in your diet as a staple and you’ll see results.
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