There are a few orthodox and unorthodox arthritis treatments that are laughed at by the medical profession. It should be noted, however, that many people swear by their effectiveness!
Here are the top home remedies for arthritis that you may want to consider...
Vitamin E: This essential vitamin inhibits the production of prostaglandins, the pain inducing substances which exacerbate arthritis symptoms.
In one study, 50 patients were given either vitamin E or a placebo. The vitamin E group reported significant pain relief and were able to use less of their pain medication. In another study, researchers did basically the same thing except after 10 days they switched the vitamin E pill over to the placebo group and vice versa, without the patient’s knowledge. Amazingly, vitamin E still gave excellent pain relief in 52% of patients compared to 1% for the placebo group.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is absolutely crucial for the production of collagen. As you will remember from our arthritis treatments article #2, collagen helps to rebuild bone cartilage and stops the body from attacking its own joints, as is the case with osteoarthritis.
You will receive some vitamin C from your cereal grasses, along with some of the other foods and supplements you will already be taking. However, you can never have too much of this vitamin, especially for arthritis relief, so you will need to look at extra supplementation. Dr. Linus Pauling actually recommended that we take at least 10,000 mg’s of vitamin C everyday so don’t ever be afraid of overdosing!
Vitamin A: Your body needs lots of vitamin A, along with zinc and copper, to also form collagen and connective tissue. You will receive some vitamin A and beta carotene (the body converts beta carotene to vitamin A) as well as zinc and copper from your cereal grass and liquid colloidal minerals, but this will not be enough. You can buy vitamin A quite easily in supplement form and can take up to 2,800 micrograms (9,4000 IU's) per day in complete safety.
Vitamin B6, B1 and B12: Most older arthritis sufferers are chronically deficient in vitamin B6 and are strongly advised to take extra amounts. Symptoms include tingling, stiffness and pain in the hands.
Studies have also shown that B1 and B12 increase the effectiveness of pain killing drugs, which then allows patients to take a much lower dosage. So as far as natural arthritis treatments go, it is also wise to make sure you get enough of these vitamins as well.
SAM-e: SAM-e has been shown in multiple studies to be more effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis than NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), with fewer adverse effects. It helps to relieve the pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints along with actually helping to rebuild cartilage.
You need to take a dosage of around 1200 mg a day, and it must be taken with B group vitamins for added effectiveness. In some countries, such as the United States, it’s available as a natural supplement while in other countries it’s considered medication, so you may need a Doctor’s prescription.
SAM-e is considered to be one of the most successful arthritis treatments. The other benefit is it begins to work very quickly (usually within a week).
Pineapple Juice: Pineapples are a rich source of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain. Drink one or two glasses of pineapple juice a day, along with eating plenty of the fruit.
Colloidal Gold: Colloidal gold is regularly used to treat acute arthritis, even by mainstream medicine. However, with the price of gold about to soar (and the fact that there is a massive shortage of available gold in the world) I’m not sure how much longer we will be able to get our hands on this precious metal!
Gin and Raisins: This is probably one of the weirdest, yet most powerful unorthodox arthritis treatments and home remedies there is.
But don’t knock it until you at least try it!
Using three small glasses fill each with 9 golden raisins (not regular raisins) and pour over just enough gin to cover them. Set them up in a row and leave for 3 days. Then, eat the raisins from the first glass in the line and refill with gin and raisins again. Put that glass to the end and each day eat the oldest raisins, continuing to refill and move the glasses along from oldest to newest. It usually only takes about 3 days to be completely pain free!
Drink Ionized Water: Water straight from the tap is full of deadly chemicals, pathogens, waste products, fluoride and other heavy metals. These toxic substances love to accumulate in the joints and wreak havoc.
Never drink water straight from the tap!
Filtered water is far better and safer, but if you really want to be arthritis free for good then you need to be drinking ionized water. Tap water, distilled water and even most bottled waters are very acidic.
Acid causes severe inflammation of the joints.
Ionized water, on the other hand, is alkaline. If you remember from our #3 arthritis treatments article (cereal grass and green tea) osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
You can buy ionized water filters online. We do admit they aren’t cheap. But if your budget allows for it, they are well worth it.
Vegetable Juices: Certain vegetable juices are extremely potent arthritis treatments and home remedies. These include; carrot, celery (which we’ve already mentioned) and cabbage juice. Radish and garlic are also useful, along with beet and cucumber. Always go organic if you possibly can and avoid citrus fruits and vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and some peppers) as these can actually cause swelling and exacerbate arthritis in some people.
You now know that you should avoid foods from the nightshade family if you have arthritis (of course you will need to test and experiment first to see if they do affect you), but there are some other foods you must also avoid if you want to enjoy permanent arthritis relief. The main ones are all refined foods, sugars and processed foods!
So this one is really easy… anything that is made by man is crap and anything that comes from nature in its purest form is good for you. Of course, there are exceptions to this “anything that comes from nature is good for you” rule, and some of these exceptions include; coffee, caffeinated tea (except green tea), salt (except pink rock salt and certified sea salt) and tobacco.
You must also try and limit the amount of red meat you eat. Red meat contains uric acid, which aggravates arthritis symptoms. And definitely no processed meats of any kind should ever be eaten (sorry all you salami lovers!). These meats contain some extremely toxic additives such as sodium nitrite.
And yes, I know this probably going to sound very boring but the most important foods you need to be eating lots of are fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and organic eggs!