OSTEOARTHRITIS

An ancient and common disease characterized by a chronic deterioration of joint cartilage, causing a disruption of the smooth gliding motion between joint surfaces, resulting in gradual deformity, discomfort, pain and swelling. It is a typically multifactorial disease, with causes ranging from age, biochemical factors, heredity, and hormonal imbalance, to trauma, rheumatoid or septic arthritis, gout, etc. Osteoarthritis may be halted or even reversed through natural remedies.

Diet:
Balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber. Avoid the nightshade family of plants, such as eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, and potatoes. Increase intake of phytoestrogens by eating apples, celery, fennel, nuts, parsley, soy and whole grains.

Nutrients:
Glucosamine sulphate, vitamins C, D, E, B5, B6, superoxide dismutase, zinc, boron.

Herbs:
Boswellia, devil's claw, licorice. Avoid aspirin and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs which may relieve symptoms but accelerate cartilage destruction.