Arthritis is a condition that affects joints in any part of the body, be it your fingers, knees, or elbows. The affected joints may experience decreased range of motion due to inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Inflammation may also occur in tendons and ligaments surrounding the affected joints.
Arthritis is common in women and occurs more frequently among older people, mostly because joints become weaker and less flexible with age. Although commonly associated with seniors, this joint related disease can affect anyone at any age too. This includes young people, especially after an injury or due to of some joint disorder. It’s estimated that about 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. While this condition can present itself in a variety of ways, the most common forms of arthritis include:
Affecting millions of people across the world, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It usually develops in the cartilage where damage to this connective tissue causes it to erode gradually leaving the bones in the joints exposed and causing them to rub together. Although any joint can be affected by OA, the most commonly affected joints are those of the hands, spine, hips, and knees.
The most common cause of this type of arthritis is the gradual wear and tear of the cartilage lining of a joint, which is brought on by years of joint use. This is why osteoarthritis mostly affects the old. Osteoarthritis can also be caused by damage to the cartilage sustained through some form of injury.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is not brought on by an outward force. It occurs when the body’s own immune system turns against the joints of the body and attacks the cells lining the joints. Overtime, the attack on the cells causes the cartilage to breakdown, which in turn leads to the damage of the joint itself causing it to become swollen, painful, and stiff.
Reasons why the immune system attacks the joints is unclear. However, this condition seems more common in women than men. Individuals who smoke or have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis are also at a higher risk of getting affected by this type of arthritis.
Aside from these two common ones, other types of arthritis include:
- Psoriatic arthritis: Inflammation of the joints brought on by psoriasis (a skin condition characterized by red, itchy, scaly, patches
- Secondary arthritis: A type of arthritis that occurs years after a joint injury such as a fracture or sprain. It is also known as Post-Traumatic Arthritis (PA).
- Degenerative osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis: Mainly affects the bones and joints in the neck and is characterized by pain and stiffness in the affected joints
- Gout: A form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body
- Fibromyalgia: A medical condition that causes pain in the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- 1 Symptoms
- 2 Osteoarthritis Symptoms
- 3 Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
- 4 Gout Symptoms
- 5 Ankylosing Spondylitis Symptoms
- 6 Juvenile Arthritis Symptoms
- 7 Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms
- 8 Septic Arthritis Symptoms
- 9 Home Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief
- 10 Arthritis Diet: Foods to Eat
- 11 Dietary Recommendations for Persons with Arthritis
- 12 Foods for Arthritis
- 13 Other Arthritis Diet Supplements
- 14 Obesity and Arthritis
- 15 Dietary Cures are not Conclusive
The typical signs and symptoms of arthritis include inflammation, persistent pain and limited mobility. Additionally, this chronic disease may also trigger stiffness, redness and deformity of the affected joints. The stiffness that is associated with the condition typically occurs in the morning, or immediately upon the awakening of the patient and gradually subsides in the next several hours. This degenerative chronic disease affects the knees, hips, spine, feet, neck and fingers.
The most common forms of arthritis are the following:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Juvenile arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Septic arthritis
The typical signs and symptoms associated to osteoarthritis may have significant variations from person to person. However, patients who are suffering from this degenerative medical condition may experience major deterioration of the affected joints. Osteoarthritis is considered by medical experts as a progressive medical condition where there is normally significant aggravation of the disease over time.
Some patients may experience a wide range of symptoms which may lead to various degrees of incapacitation while other patients may experience only a few of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Pain is a common symptom in all cases of osteoarthritis. While the pain can be aggravated by the activity of the patient, this primary symptom can be triggered even while the patient is at rest.
The common signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are the following:
- Impairment of normal mobility
- Swelling and stiffness of the affected joints
- Snapping of the affected joints
- Bone spurs or outgrowths
- Abnormal angulation of the affected joints
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
The typical signs and symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness of the affected joints. This condition normally affects the knees, elbows, feet, ankles, wrists, fingers and hands. In addition to these primary symptoms, a patient who is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will also develop swollen lymph nodes, inappetence, lethargy, pronounced muscle aches, low fever and appearance of small bumps on the skin which is near the affected joints.
Gout episodes are characterized by sudden and intense pain, swelling, extreme tenderness and purplish or reddish skin discoloration around and within the affected joints. As the condition progresses, the patient will experience more frequent episodes which can result to severe damage to the affected joint. At this advanced stage of the disease, the patient will manifest extreme stiffness of the joint, mild to moderate pain and recurrent swelling as well as impaired mobility.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Symptoms
A definitive confirmation and diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis is generally difficult as the typical signs and symptoms of this form of arthritis are similar to other medical conditions. The back problems which are associated to this condition can also be indicative of a wide range of conditions, and this is further exacerbated by the slow progression of the disease.
The basic symptoms associated to ankylosing spondylitis are usually observed in young adults, and the most common symptoms are the chronic pain and swelling of the lower back. Older children, particularly boys, may also develop the disease and manifest the typical symptoms in their knees and hips. While the condition initially affects the lower portion of the back, the stiffness and pain may gradually spread and radiate while affecting the spine and neck. In the more severe cases of the disease, the inflammation can cause the fusion of the affected joint in the spine, making walking and standing extremely difficult.
Juvenile Arthritis Symptoms
The typical signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis include chronic pain, swelling and stiffness of the affected joints. These typical signs and symptoms tend to become worse in the morning or after a short nap. The intense pain that is associated with the chronic disease may result to limited mobility, although young children are known to have more tolerance to the pain that is associated with the medical condition. This form of arthritis usually affects the feet and the hands, and during the early stage of the disease, the patient may walk with a limp. Aside from the typical symptoms observed in the affected joints, children may also develop pinkish skin rash and high fever.
Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms
The typical signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis resemble those that are associated with rheumatoid arthritis, although most patients manifest the milder form of such signs and symptoms. In addition to the symptoms affecting the joints, this type of arthritis is also characterized by the skin disorder related to psoriasis.
The most common symptoms of the disease affect the fingertips and the tips of the toes, although about 20 percent of the cases manifest symptoms that affect the spine. On the other hand, a rare form of the disease, known as psoriatic arthritis mutilans, affects the joints and causes severe damage to the bone cartilages.
Septic Arthritis Symptoms
The typical symptoms of septic arthritis generally occur abruptly and without warning. The condition is characterized by intense pain and swelling. Other common symptoms of septic arthritis include fever and chills. The disease normally affects the hips, and the pain may radiate and affect the groin area. In the advanced stage of the disease, the patient may find walking extremely difficult. In most cases of septic arthritis, patients will develop leakage of the tissue fluid in the joints that are affected by the disease. There are also occasional cases of vomiting and nausea among children who are suffering from this type of arthritis.
Home Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief
The unfortunate thing about arthritis is that it’s a lifelong condition with no cure. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to endure painful movements or live your life confined to a wheel chair. There are many home remedies that can minimize or ease pain and symptoms associated with arthritis. Here’s a look at some of those remedies as well as other treatment options.
Magnesium is a great pain reliever because it deals with the source of the pain by relaxing muscles and nerve endings. Therefore, one effective way of relieving arthritis pain is getting more magnesium into the body. This can be done by adopting a magnesium-rich diet, taking magnesium-packed supplements, or rubbing magnesium oil onto the affected joints.
- Epsom Salt
Loaded with magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt offers another great way of utilizing magnesium for arthritis pain. The best way of making good use of this salt is by soaking the affected joints in a home-prepared water and Epsom salt solution. Small joints such as those of the wrist and fingers can be soaked in a mixture of a large bowl of warm water and 1 cup Epsom salt. Larger joints such as the knee and hips will however require you to sit in a tub filled with warm water and 2 cups Epsom salt for at least 15 minutes
- Hot and Cold Compresses
Simple to prepare and easy to administer, hot and cold compresses offer a good and effective way to manage arthritis symptoms. Cold helps to ease swelling and inflammation while heat minimizes pain, relaxes muscles, and activates proper blood flow.
The best way to administer this form of arthritis treatment is to place a heating pad, ice cube pack, or whatever source of heat/cold you’re using directly onto the affected joint and surrounding area. As a precautionary measure, make sure to avoid extreme heat that can burn your skin and ensure that each heating/cooling session doesn’t last more than 20 minutes.
Through its strong anti-inflammatory properties, garlic helps to deal with joint pain and swelling from the root. This herb/spice prevents the production of pro-inflammatory substances known as cytokines, which largely encourage inflammation in arthritis.
Garlic also offers the added benefit of enhancing the health of the immune system while inhibiting the production of the free radicals that cause joint damage. For this reasons, garlic (eaten raw or taken through garlic capsules) is best suited for rheumatoid arthritis patients as it helps to prevent further attacks to the lining of joints.
- Ginger Tea
Zingiber Officianale or ginger, as it is popularly known, is a natural anti-inflammatory that has been used for years by the Chinese to cure pain. When taken daily, ginger has proven to reduce inflammatory reactions as effectively as steroids do. Ginger also suppresses inflammatory molecules (leukotrienes) and inhibits the production of certain inflammatory genes. This combination of several anti-inflammatory properties makes ginger one of the best natural remedies for RA and OA.
A simple daily intake of 1 or 2 cups of ginger tea will be effective enough to ease pain and swelling. To make the ginger tea, simply mix 2 cups of hot water, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and honey/sugar to taste.
Aside from making tea, you can also get pain relief from ginger by applying a ginger compress to the affected joint. Simply grate a piece of ginger and wrap it in a towel or cheesecloth. Then, dip the towel/cheesecloth in hot water for 30 seconds and place it on affected area for 20 minutes or more.
Another effective anti-inflammatory that can be used to relieve arthritis pain is turmeric. Circumin, the active ingredient in turmeric reduces joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzyme. Unlike garlic and ginger, turmeric only treats inflammation and will not suppress or inhibit the genes and free radicals that trigger RA. This spice is therefore best for osteoarthritis. However, it can also be used to ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Turmeric can be taken in supplement form or added to food. Alternatively, you can prepare a turmeric solution in the following three simple steps:
- Bring about 1 quart of water to a boil
- Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and allow the mixture to boil for another 10 minutes
- Cool the solution and drink
Whichever option you choose to go with, it’s advisable to avoid overdosing on turmeric since it can act as a blood thinner or upset your stomach. Your doctor can help you to determine the ideal turmeric dosage and ingestion method for you.
- Rub On Relief
Rubbing ointments and creams on arthritis-affected joints offers another natural way of relieving the pain that comes with the condition. Some rub on options work by inhibiting inflammatory enzymes while others provide a cooling sensation, which overrides the discomfort of arthritis pain.
A few good rub on options include extra virgin olive oil, peppermint and eucalyptus oil blend, and cayenne (capsaicin) ointment.
A short 15 minutes brisk walk, a few simple joint targeted stretches and exercises, several laps in the swimming pool, or any other form of physical activity will do wonders for an arthritis affected joint.
Exercise enhances flexibility in joints, improves range of mobility, decreases, pain, and prevents any further damage to the joints. Additionally, exercise increases strength in the muscles supporting the joints (even when the cartilage is thinning) and helps cut off excess weight, which in turn reduces the amount of stress on body joints.
Massages offer 2 highly beneficial benefits to patients suffering from arthritis. They increase blood flow through joints, which helps to provide temporary pain relief. Massages also relax the affected joint, making it easy to bend and extend.
With this treatment option, you can perform regular self-massages on affected area or schedule appointments with a massage therapist whose specialty should include the ability to work on arthritic joints.
- Diet: Foods to Include
Since arthritis is caused by chronic inflammation, tweaking your diet to include foods that reduce inflammation is one easy way to relieve arthritis pain. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods include:
Several fish options including salmon, herring, tuna, trout, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help to lower inflammation. Therefore, eating fish 2 to 3 times a week can help keep arthritis inflammation at a manageable level. To ensure you get as much fatty acids as possible, it’s best to avoid overcooking whichever fish option you choose to go with.
- Healthy Oils
There are plenty of healthy oil options that can be used to alleviate arthritis pain with olive oil being at the forefront. Olive oil eliminates inflammations symptoms (joint pain, swelling, stiffness, among others) by stopping the production of inflammation causing chemicals.
Other healthy oil options such as walnut, canola, and avocado, contain several beneficial fatty acids. Consuming the oils reduces the body’s inflammatory process, thereby alleviating pain and inflammation.
All cruciferous vegetables such as kales, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage feature a compound called sulforaphane, which slows down damage to cartilage joints caused by arthritis.
- Vitamin C Rich Foods
Although vitamin C doesn’t ease arthritis pain like the abovementioned foods, it still makes a good addition to an arthritis patient’s diet. This is because vitamin C is packed with antioxidants, which protects body cells from free radicals that damage cells and trigger rheumatoid arthritism. A few good sources of vitamin C include berries, bananas, carrots, mangos, green beans, and cauliflower.
- Diet: Foods to Avoid
Just as there are foods that reduce inflammation, there are also certain foods that aggravate the condition. Therefore, knowing what foods to avoid is just as important as knowing what foods to go for when on an anti-inflammatory diet. Some of the foods to avoid include:
- Unhealthy Fats
Foods that are rich in saturated and trans fats such as fries, baked goods, butter, and red meat should be the very first thing to avoid or at least cut back on when looking to calm arthritis symptoms.
These foods can lead to weight gain and consequently cause arthritis symptoms to worsen due to the increased pressure to the joints. Intake of sugary drinks and foods should also be minimized as a lot of sugar can trigger weight gain.
Several arthritis patients have expressed feeling more joint pain after ingesting gluten. So, try eliminating gluten from your diet to see if it helps ease your arthritis symptoms.
Nightshades are a group of foods that aggravate pain and inflammation in arthritis due to their high level of alkaloids. When taken is small doses, alkaloids are harmless and can actually work to soothe pain. However, in higher doses, these compounds overwhelm the body and attack the nervous system causing several signs of physical distress the most common of which is pain.
Joint pain and stiffness are the leading symptoms of nightshade sensitivity. So, cutting back on nightshade foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, or bell peppers can go a long way in minimizing arthritis pain.
- Over-The-Counter Pain Relieving Supplements
There are plenty of herbal supplements on the market that help to reduce joint pain. Some of these supplements are so effective they can actually compete with pharmaceutical drugs. A few examples of such supplements include:
- S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
Like most arthritis supplements, SAMe has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain by reducing pain perception. However, the best feature of this supplement is its healing potential.
S-adenosylmethionine actually stimulates cartilage growth by increasing the number of chondrocytes (cartilage cells). This supplement also protects and repairs joints as well as decreases further cartilage loss. Therefore, when used regularly, SAMe can significantly improve arthritis symptoms.
- Indian Frankincense (Boswellia Serrate)
Frankincense, as it is popularly known, is a powerful little supplement that offers several benefits particularly for osteoarthritis patients. The supplement’s active components include Boswellic acids, which offer both anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving (analgesic) properties.
These acids work by disabling the white blood cells that would cause more swelling and shrinking tissue cells that have already become swollen and painful. Boswellia Serrate also helps to prevent cartilage loss.
- Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
GLA is a supplement that has been tested and proven to improve stiffness, joint pain, and even grip strength within 6 months of use. In addition, the supplement helps to keep arthritis under control after 1 year of continuous intake. This is attributed to the omega 6 fatty acids found in GLA, which convert into anti-inflammatory chemical once they enter the body. This supplement works best for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
- Fish Oil Supplements
Another supplement, which effectiveness has been tested and proven, is fish oil capsules. These capsules work in the same way as GLA in the sense that the body converts the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements into powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals. Fish oil supplements are ideal for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Acupuncture’s potential to correct imbalances of energy flow within the body delivers several great benefits, one of which is pain relief. Individuals suffering from acute arthritis can really benefit from a few acupuncture sessions. However, this is only if the sessions are done by a trained professional or individual with the technical expertise of the needling therapy.
Throughout the history of medicine, the use of naturally occurring plants, foods, and compounds to treat or manage illnesses has remained a constant. Nature does a great job of healing the body from the inside as opposed to simply covering up symptoms. So, when looking to treat arthritis pain, using home remedy options can prove to be very effective. Just makes sure to go for the home remedy option that best suits the cause and type of arthritis you are suffering from. That is the only way to ensure success when treating arthritis naturally.
Talking with your health care provider is the best way to know which home remedy options, supplements, and dietary changes will work for you.
Arthritis Diet: Foods to Eat
There is really no miracle diet or special diet that can provide a cure for various types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are specific conditions that may be helpful or beneficial for patients who are suffering from arthritis by including or avoiding specific food items or supplements in their diet. Of course, it is best for patients to adopt a well-balanced and healthy diet in order to effectively manage their medical condition.
There are specific conditions that respond well to dietary changes. For instance, individuals who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will benefit substantially from an increased intake of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is derived from salmon and sardines. On the other hand, individuals who are suffering from gout attacks stand to benefit from their healthy practice of avoiding food items that are high in purine as well as shellfish.
Dietary Recommendations for Persons with Arthritis
Persons with arthritis are advised to observe the following:
- Follow a well-balanced diet in order to maintain good health and ideal body weight;
- Stay away from fasting and crash diet programs;
- Increase intake of dietary calcium to lower the risk of osteoporosis;
- Increase intake of non-alcoholic fluids;
Foods for Arthritis
Foods should not be considered as a cure for arthritis, but you can use them to mitigate the symptoms and make your condition less painful. Since the medical condition is generally a disease involving joint inflammation, the most effective treatment mode is anything that can counteract the inflammation. You suppress the inflammation and you treat the chronic disease.
Thus, the main focus when it comes to effective medical management of arthritis is concerned is on the food items that possess superior anti-inflammatory properties as well as those that contain antioxidants and bioflavonoids.
The information below outlines the foods that can help mitigate and suppress the symptoms.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
People who are suffering from this debilitating and chronic disease should have a diet that is sufficient in Omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats are known for their capacity to suppress inflammation through the inhibition of the production of cytokines as well as enzymes that may affect the bone cartilage.
Among the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are tuna and salmon. Several studies have shown that wild salmon has levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which are 33 percent more than those found in a salmon that is farm-raised. In addition to this, a salmon that is caught in the wild has levels of fat that is 20 percent less than their farm-raised counterparts. Aside from salmon and tuna, the two other ideal sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are the walnuts and flaxseeds. Other ideal sources of this polyunsaturated fat include broiled or baked halibut, cooked soybeans, boiled and steamed shrimps, scallops and snappers, raw tofu and baked winter squash.
While we still have to achieve the appropriate preponderance of evidences that will establish claims of substantial anti-inflammatory effect of fish oil, the capacity of Omega-3 fatty acids in suppressing the symptoms and damaging effects of arthritis is supported by researches and documented success stories.
The ideal sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include the following:
- Sardines and salmon
- Linseeds and flaxseed
- Canola oil
- Omega-3 fortified food items such as eggs and margarines
- Certain fish oil supplements
Fish oils are different from fish liver oils like halibut liver oil and cod liver oil. Fish liver oils are high in Vitamin A, and this may have adverse effects on persons who are suffering from arthritis. It is important that you consult with your doctor or dietitian before you include oil supplements in your arthritis diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil has monounsaturated fats that are known for their excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Various animal studies yielded results that indicate significant beneficial effects of diets that are high in olive oil in the control and treatment of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Those who are suffering from this chronic disease are recommended to use olive oil when cooking, in lieu of butter or vegetable oil. However, you have to make sure that you don’t go overboard when using olive oil. You only have to replace them with the same amount or less of the olive oil.
Black or Green Tea
Medical experts stress the need for individuals who are suffering from arthritis to include in their diet foods and beverages that have high levels of antioxidants. This component of certain foods and beverages help combat molecules that damage tissues and cells and these include the synovium of the joints. Black and green teas are rich in antioxidants. In fact, they contain up to ten times more antioxidants compared to vegetables and fruits.
A recent study involving 1,317 men has established that those who consumed 1,500 mg of Vitamin C by taking foods and supplements that are rich in vitamin showed 45 percent lesser risk in developing gout compared to those individuals who consumed Vitamin C of less than 250 mg daily.
However, you must make sure that you don’t load up on excessive amounts of Vitamin C if you are suffering from osteoarthritis. In a separate study conducted by the Duke University medical research team, the animals that ingested high doses of vitamin C, which is equivalent to 2,500 mg of the vitamins per day in humans, for eight straight months developed severe osteoarthritis of the knee.
People with arthritis must maintain a level of consumption of Vitamin C of 200 to 500 mg per day. A cup of broccoli or an orange can supply about 200 milligrams. Of course, it is essential that you get enough dose of Vitamin C from the food that you eat and not from supplements.
Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Three to four pieces of Brazil nuts contain about 272 micrograms, while 3 ounces of tuna contain 63 micrograms of selenium. In a 2005 study which was conducted by the University of North Carolina, results showed that participants who consumed the highest amounts of selenium has 40 percent lower risk in developing arthritis than those participants that consumed less.
Low levels of selenium have also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium supports antioxidants in the removal of free radicals which are harmful to tissues and cells. It is also useful in the regulation of our thyroid and is believed to have potent effect against cancer-causing cells.
People with arthritis must maintain their level of consumption of selenium at 55 to 200 micrograms per day. If you are not into tuna or Brazil nuts, then you can substitute them with beef or turkey or a cup of cooked oatmeal.
Leeks and Onions
Leeks and onions are rich in quercetin, which is an important antioxidant that can mitigate the damaging effects of inflammatory chemicals, and it can easily replicate the effects of conventional medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. However, one must note that studies on its actual and long term effects are not substantive.
Other Arthritis Diet Supplements
There are claims that chondroitin and glucosamine supplements provide beneficial effects when consumed by individuals who are suffering from arthritis. However, there is not enough evidence to support such claims. There are studies which show that chondroitin and glucosamine, whether these are consumed in combination or separately, provide relief from the pain associated to arthritis. However, material evidences are not sufficient enough to make a definitive conclusion about the efficacy of such supplements when used in arthritis diets.
In addition to this, there are reported cases of interaction of chondroitin and glucosamine with some medications such as warfarin. Thus, it is extremely important that patients seek the advice of their doctors before they start taking these supplements.
Obesity and Arthritis
An ideal arthritis diet must address issues pertaining to healthy body weight of the patient. Individuals who are obese face greater risk of developing arthritis mainly because of the stress on the joints by their extra load. Thus, the overweight condition would tend to exacerbate the symptoms of the disease, especially in cases where the affected joints are those of the spine, knees and hips. This goes to show that there is a clear link between being overweight and the predisposition of an individual to such chronic disease.
Dietary Cures are not Conclusive
Evidences of cures through arthritis diets are not conclusive, although it would be appropriate for patients to avoid certain food items and supplements which tend to exacerbate their medical condition. In the same manner, there are no conclusive evidences that would show that acidic and “nightshade” food items trigger gout attacks and exacerbate the symptoms of arthritis. However, a good number of individuals have reported to have benefited by excluding nightshade foods.
However studies have shown that natural arthritis treatment options complimented with appropriate diet provide long lasting relief from the pain, swelling and stiffness that are associated with osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis. Go to the homepage to learn about these arthritis alleviating options.