Ther­apy for os­teoarthri­tis

Hamilton Metro News - - MUSIC / HEALTH - John Arts ■ John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip Nut Med) is a nutritional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. Con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

Every­one is dif­fer­ent and this is cer­tainly true when us­ing nutritional ther­apy for os­teoarthri­tis.

Some­times these dif­fer­ences are ob­vi­ous — help­ing some­one in their 80s with ad­vanced arthri­tis is dif­fer­ent from some­one in their 40s who have had their first joint nig­gles.

Other dif­fer­ences though are not so ob­vi­ous. In some peo­ple joint pain is more from in­flam­ma­tion while in oth­ers more from the ac­tual joint de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. This se­ries of col­umns looks at some per­sonal sto­ries and the meth­ods we used to bring im­prove­ments.

I have just spo­ken with some­one with ad­vanced os­teoarthri­tis. He is in his 80s and has long-term os­teoarthri­tis in his an­kles, knees and hips which caused sig­nif­i­cant pain with re­stricted mo­bil­ity. He rated his dis­com­fort at 7/10 and be­ing faced with steady de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

He was al­ready do­ing some pos­i­tive things through sup­ple­ments with a good Omega 3 and a joint sup­ple­ment. What we did was to fine tune his pro­gramme and in­tro­duce an anti-in­flam­ma­tory eat­ing pro­gramme.

The main sup­ple­ment com­po­nent was to lift chon­droitin sul­phate to over 1000mg daily com­bined with cur­cumin and glu­cosamine. This is much higher than in many joint prod­ucts. Af­ter only two months he now rates his pain at 2/10 down from 7/10. He is both sur­prised and de­lighted, hav­ing lived with this for a long time.

Our body is equipped with pow­er­ful heal­ing pro­cesses which can be over­whelmed fight­ing a dis­ease. The first goal of nutritional medicine is to get these work­ing again.

Once these are ac­ti­vated the body can then set to work try­ing to heal the prob­lem. In the case of my client the sup­ple­ments played a huge role in stim­u­lat­ing this of­ten la­tent heal­ing force. Nutritional ther­apy can be ef­fec­tive in help­ing os­teoarthri­tis. For ex­am­ple, I have been help­ing some­one with os­teoarthri­tis (OA) in one knee which af­fected her mo­bil­ity. She also had hy­per­ten­sion and swollen an­kles from poor lower leg cir­cu­la­tion.

We used a com­bi­na­tion of ther­a­pies to tar­get all the prob­lems. We added my joint sup­ple­ment at a dou­ble dose de­liv­er­ing 1500mg of high grade chon­droitin sul­phate with the same of glu­cosamine sul­phate and 200mg of a pro­pri­etary 95 per cent cur­cumin ex­tract (from turmeric). We added 6000mg of Omega 3 fish oil and a bul­let blend I have de­vel­oped to as­sist cir­cu­la­tion to help her swollen an­kles. This in­cluded raw beet­root to di­late blood ves­sels.

Af­ter three months the pain has re­duced by about 50 per cent and her an­kles are less swollen. I ex­pect these im­prove­ments to con­tinue.

High lev­els of chon­droitin sul­phate (CS) are im­por­tant as it is a ma­jor con­stituent of car­ti­lage. At ther­a­peu­tic lev­els this can help with car­ti­lage func­tion and has an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ac­tiv­ity.

Stud­ies, in­clud­ing J.P Pel­letier (Arthri­tis Re­search and Ther­apy, 2016) demon­strate that chon­droitin sul­phate at high lev­els has the abil­ity to mod­ify joints af­fected by os­teoarthri­tis.

In par­tic­u­lar there was a marked re­duc­tion in fur­ther car­ti­lage loss with over­all joint im­prove­ment.

There are sev­eral ways CS can im­prove arthritic joints.

Firstly it seems to in­hibit a num­ber of in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds that are as­so­ci­ated with OA. The sec­ond is pre­vi­ously men­tioned re­duc­tions in car­ti­lage loss. The third is even more promis­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search by Y. Herotin (2010) CS ap­pears to stim­u­late the chon­dro­cyte cells that pro­duce car­ti­lage.

High lev­els of CS seem to in­crease the col­la­gen needed to make the car­ti­lage ma­trix.

Photo / Stu­art Munro

More than half a mil­lion Ki­wis live with arthri­tis, which causes swollen joints and pain.

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