Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain
Studies have shown that practicing meditation and relaxation techniques may help reduce pain from arthritis by reducing stress and enabling you to cope better. Research also found that those with depression and arthritis got the most benefit from this form of treatment.
Incorporating the right fatty acids into your diet can be beneficial to arthritis symptoms. While everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids for optimum health, it’s been shown some, like fish oil supplements, may help reduce joint stiffness and pain. Another fatty acid that can help is gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. GLA comes from the seeds of certain plants like evening primrose, borage, hemp, and black currants. You can also buy the oils of the seeds as a supplement, but it’s recommended you check with your doctor before taking them.
Flavorful and easy to incorporate into many dishes, turmeric is a yellow spice common in Indian foods. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that is believed to be a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help reduce arthritis pain. A report from the National Institute of Health shows that lab animals showed reduced inflammation in joints after being given turmeric… Between that and being tasty it’s certainly worth a try!
There are a great many herbal supplements available which are believed to or at least claim to relieve joint pain. Some of the more common herbs used for arthritis are boswellia, bromelain, devil’s claw, ginkgo, stinging nettle, and thunder god vine. To avoid potential side effects or drug interactions, speak to your doctor before starting a new herbal regimen.
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