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 OSTEO & RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS 

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1. What are the signs for Arthritis
2. Natural Home Remedies for Arthritis
3. Home Remedies for Arthritis
4. Herbs for Arthritis
5. Osteo & Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
6. What aggravates Arthritis



Welcome to our website Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis dedicated to providing valuable information on two common forms of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and  Osteoarthritis.

Whether you or a loved one are seeking ways to manage the pain, reduce inflammation, or simply to understand these conditions better, this is the place to be.

With a focus on home remedies, life style modifications, and expert insights, we aim to empower you with knowledge and practical solutions to improve the quality of your life.

Join us on this journey for natural remedies for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as we explore the intricacies of both forms of arthritis, and discover effective approaches to finding relief and promoting overall well-being.

So, whether you're looking to alleviate a common ailment, or simply embrace a more natural lifestyle, our website is your go-to destination for all things home remedies. Get ready to discover the power of nature and embark on a journey of self-care, one remedy at a time.

Welcome to our website - your gateway to a world of natural healing and wellness!


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis as an autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks its own cells leading to joint inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis frequently occurs in people under 40 years of age, and especially in women.  
  • Women are 2 to 3 times more susceptible to RA than men.
  • Genetics are a suspect here and so are female hormones.
  • Rheumatologists have discovered that the blood of many people with this type of arthritis contains antibodies called rheumatoid factors, a factor that aids in the diagnosis of this condition.
  • Joint Pain and inflammation of the joint.
  • Sometimes the joints ache, but other times it can be a sharp stabbing pain or even a burning sensation.
  • Joints may feel warm to the touch.
  • This class of arthritis is symmetrical, which means if the joint on one side of the body is affected, the joint on the other side will be affected as well.
  • Nodules can form as arthritic lumps beneath the skin. 
  • RA is systemic (refers to something that is spread throughout) and you will feel tired, maybe lose your appetite and have a low grade fever.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes can also be an indication of this type of arthritis.


  • Some forms of arthritis can be reversible, and in some cases curable, with proper diet and lifestyle changes.  These simple changes can not only relieve the inflammation and pain but can also stop degeneration and rejuvenate the affected joints.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS?

  • Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joint caused by the cartilage that cushions your joints deteriorating slowly and cannot be prevented.
  • It is passed down from parents and grandparents.
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  • Osteoarthritis starts very slowly and gains momentum as time passes over a period of years.
  • Some people start in their early 40's and as time passes the hand, knees and other joints join the party.
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  • Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops as a result of wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint, creating those knobbly fingers reminiscent of our grandparents.  These gnarled joints are at some time most definitely in need of arthritis pain relief.
  • What actually happens is that the cartilage in the joints provide a nice smooth surface for bones to slide across, allowing painless and easy movement.
  • When the cartilage is worn away due to wear and tear or damage, the bones then almost start grinding together causing pain and stiffness, especially during damp weather, or the morning after strenuous activity.


NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR ARTHRITIS

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Vitamins for Arthritis

It must be noted that the study of Vitamins is an intensive and detailed exercise and that our mission for this website has, and always will be, to keep it simple.

So, what we have done here is to identify the vitamins for arthritis available in foods which will help with soothing the symptoms.


Vitamin C for Arthritis

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  • oranges
  • brussel sprouts
  • strawberries
  • peppers
  • cranberries
  • asparagus
  • avocados
  • lemons
  • mangos
  • onions 
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • kiwi fruit
  • Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that is required for hundreds of metabolic functions in the body including tissue growth and repair.
  • It is well known as a remedy for the common cold, but as far as arthritis sufferers are concerned, it is vital for the production of collagen, which is a protein needed for healthy skin, bones and cartilage.
  • It enhances the body's ability to repair damage to cartilage, therefore an important vitamin for prevention of, and help in soothing arthritis.
  • Pineapples are a rich source of Vitamin C and they also contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of many painful inflammatory conditions including arthritis.

Vitamin D for Arthritis

Vitamin D is critical for preserving muscle strength.

It is needed to absorb calcium and phosphorus, and is thus vital to healthy bone structure.

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  • breakfast cereals
  • eggs
  • oily fish
  • dairy products
  • oysters
  • salmon
  • sardines
  • sweet potato's
  • tuna



Vitamin E for Arthritis

A deficiency in Vitamin E is actually very rare, but because it is an active antioxidant compound, it prevents damage caused by oxidation to poly-unsaturated fatty acids compounds found in cell membranes.

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Avocados
  • brown rice
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sunflower Oil

Vitamin K for Arthritis

Vitamin K plays quite a few vital roles in the body, but for arthritis sufferers, in simple terms, it is used to make proteins needed for healthy bones and tissues. 

And here is a list of foods containing this vitamin:

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  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Molasses
  • Chicken
  • Liver
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Yoghurt


HOME REMEDIES FOR ARTHRITIS

Home remedies for Arthritis is dedicated to the old tried and tested remedies, that have been passed down through the years.

Living with arthritis can be a challenge, but thankfully nature offers a range of natural remedies that can help manage the symptoms and promote joint health.

Rather than relying totally on medication, many individuals seek alternative approaches to alleviate discomfort, reduce inflammation, and improve inflammation.

These natural remedies can include the use of herbal supplements, essential oils, diet modifications, exercise routines and alternative therapies.


By exploring these holistic options, individuals with arthritis can find relief and enhance their quality of life in a more gentle way.

Have fun checking out the remedies below, some of them go back generations, and the people we have spoken to all "swear" that they do work......!


Exercise for arthritis

And before we go to these home remedies for arthritis we are squeezing in another quick reminder to excercise!!

  • Even though you are stiff and sore you have to exercise, but do so with respect for your body's limitations.
  • Walk or swim for 5 to 10minutes a day for starters gradually increasing the time you exercise.
  • Do stretching exercises such as yoga.
  • Wear well cushioned shoes to help reduce any stress on weight bearing joints.

Castor Oil for Arthritis

  • Rub Castor Oil into your arthritic joints often during the day. It has been used for centuries by physicians and apothecaries for its powerful medicinal and curative powers. The active component is  Ricinoleic Acid, a type of fatty acid that has  analgesic anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Arnica Oil rubbed on daily can also help with arthritic joints because it too has anti-inflammatory properties.
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Epsom Salts and Lemon Juice for Arthritis

Lemon Juice for Arthritis
  • Dissolve 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salts in a liter of water and add the juice of 5 lemons.
  • Store in a cool place and drink a small glass first thing in the morning.
  • Epsom Salts are made made of the mineral magnesium sulfate which draws toxins from the body.
  • The Lemon Juice has very strong inti-inflammatory properties and also contains Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that helps ward off inflammatory illnesses.

 Rooibos Tea

One cup Rooibos Tea, 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice:

  1. Rooibos (which is an herb) has many excellent medicinal qualities and one of them is it's anti-flammatory quality.
  2. Honey is a great sweetener and all sweet foods stimulates the brain to produce endorphins which are the body's natural painkillers.
  3. Vitamin C contained in lemons preserves the health of your collagen and connective tissue which enhances the body's ability to repair damage to the cartilage.
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Cayenne Pepper


Cayenne Pepper for Arthritis
  • Cayenne's main constituent is a substance called capsaicin, which is No.1 amongst natural painkillers..
  • When applied topically it temporarily depletes substance P a chemical in nerves that transmits pain sensation. Without this substance pain signals can no longer be sent.

Stir a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a tablespoon of honey and some lemon juice into a glass of water and drink the mixture:

  • Cayenne is a natural pain killer.
  • Honey, as we have seen above is a good sweetener.
  • And the lemon juice provides the Vitamin C which helps the body's ability to repair the cause of arthritis i.e. damage to the cartilage.
  • Or easier still, go to your local health shop and buy a tincture containing cayenne. 30 drops in a glass of water daily will do the trick.


HERBS FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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If you are looking for natural alternatives to complement your treatment plan, you've come to the right place.

Rheumotoid Arthritis can cause discomfort and limit your daily activities, but nature has provided us with a wealth of herbs that may offer relief.

From anti-inflammatory properties to immune-boosting effects, these herbs have the potential to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and improve overhaul joint health and  your journey towards a more comfortable and fulfilling life.

Join us as we delve into the world of herbal remedies, providing you with knowledge and insights to help you navigate.


Evening Primrose

  • Evening primrose oil contains GLA (gamma-linolenic-Acid) an Omega6-fatty acid which helps ease symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis by surppressing the production of prostaglandins that trigger inflammation.
  • Evening Primrose Oil is also useful for heart complaints (it is a natural anti- coagulant) and can also be used for psoriasis, gastric irritations, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.


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Turmeric


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  • Turmeric is another strong anti-oxidant that protects us against free-radicals damage.
  • Turmeric contains Curcumin which in turn contains natural pain relieving COZ-2 inhibitors cush as celecoxib.
  • It also reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce more cortisone, the body,s own natural pain killer.
  • Try using supplements as it is difficult to get medical doses of turmeric from your diet alone, the daily dose is 250 to 500mg which translates into 5 to 25 teaspoons of dried turmeric per day.

Green Tea

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  • Green Tea is one of the very very very good herbs for rheumatoid arthritis because it is a rich sauce of anti-inflammatory catechins that can actually help slow cartilage breakdown and decrease chronic inflammation.
  • It also has anti-oxidant activity to help fight those free radicals causing trouble with your joints.
  • And extra little bonus here is that green Tea is believed to help reduce fat in the body and thereby taking unneccessary extra weight from painful joints.

Ginger f0r Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • This healing herb for RA is well known for inhibiting the pain producing prostaglndins.
  • It can also be used in cases of bad circulation.
  • Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory effects.



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Borage

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  • Borage Tea is a delicious and relaxing bedtime drink and can also be drunk to bring down a fever, and relieve chest colds, bronchitis and coughs.


  • Borage seed oil is a nutritional supplement that is rich in essential fatty acids that can regulate the body's immune system and fight joint inflammation.
  • Borage is a medicinal herb which has been associated with a number of powerful health benefits:
  • Borage seeds contain GLA which can ease symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis by suppressing the production of prostaglandins that triggers inflammation.
  • Borage also contains potassium which helps the body make potassium (your very own pain killer) by stimulating the adrenal cortex.

Cats' Claw

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  • Cat's Claw is one of the important healing herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis as it enhances and stimulates the immune system.
  • It acts as an antioxidant and anti- inflammatory both of which will help with the management of arthritis.
  • And a warning - Do not use Cat's Claw if you are pregnant or even think you might be pregnant.

OSTEO & RHEUMOTOID ARTHRITIS PAIN RELIEVERS

Some people need pain killers on a daily basis, and others only on "flare ups" with relatively little in-between, and which ever which one you are, you are going to need some sort of relief from pain at some or other time.

So let's take a look at the various ways of helping you ease arthritis pain and discomfort.

Oxidation is what produces free radicals in our bodies.  Free radicals are molucules out there looking for trouble and are known to play a role in joint damage.

Natural Antioxidants help to combat free radicals, and by so doing suppress inflammation.


Garlic for Arthritis Pain Relief

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Our little miracle clove, is not only an all round wonder herb that helps us for a multitude of ailments, but is also considered as one of the natural remedies for arthritis.....but why are they good for Arthritis?

  • Because it contains compounds called phenenolic compounds or polyphenols which are antioxidants.
  • Phenolic also promotes the production of an amino acid (called gluthathione) that is believed to be the body's most potent detoxifier.

Pineapples for Arthritis Pain Relief

  • Scientific interest has centered on the fact that fresh pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is known as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of painful conditions such as osteoarthritis.
  • Pineapple  is also a rich source of Vitamin C, necessary for collagen formation. The pineapple contains more Vitamin C than do apples, cranberries or tomato juice.
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Eat Foods Containing Sulphur for Arthritis Relief

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  • Sulfur is found in every cell in our bodies.
  • It is needed for the repair and re-building of bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
  • Sulphur also aids in the absorption of calcium.
  • Eat the sulfur containing foods such as asparagus, eggs, garlics and onions.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PAIN RELIEF

Life is full of rules isn't it? So we thought we should start this by listing the 2 rules for foods to avoid like the plague, if you suffer from this type of arthritis;

RULE Number 1.

  • Stay away from coffee.
  • Studies have shown that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day are twice as likely to test positive for the rheumatoid factor which is an indicator of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • These foods contain a substance called solanine, to which some people, particularly those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis are highly sensitive.

RULE Number 2.

  • It is also highly recommended to avoid red meat as another means of getting rheumatoid arthritis pain relief.
  • Red meat contains high levels of inflation triggering Saturated Fat.

WHAT AGGRAVATES ARTHRITIS

  • Saturated Fats found in red meat, cheese, butter and deep fried foods should be avoided at all times.

  • These fats are not only a problem for heart diseases, but it is believed that they may worsen inflammation for those suffering from arthritis.

  • Replace saturated fats with plant based fats like olive oil for cooking and salad dressings, and snack on nuts for healthy fat.

  • Control your sugar intake, especially refined sugar. High blood sugar can increase cortisol levels in the body which in turn can influence inflammation.

  • And your sodium intake must be limited. Speak to any arthritis specialist who will tell you that the body requires only 500 mg of salt per day for normal functioning. 



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