RHEUMA­TOID ARTHRI­TIS

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bet­ter than place­bos in re­duc­ing os­teoarthri­tis pain. Take: 400–1,200 mg daily.

VI­TA­MIN B3. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Wil­liam Kauf­man, MD, re­ported that more than 600 of his pa­tients with os­teoarthri­tis ben­e­fited from tak­ing the niaci­namide (non­flush­ing) form of vi­ta­min B3. Dosages ranged from 900–4,000 mg daily, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the pa­tients’ os­teoarthri­tis; ben­e­fits be­came no­tice­able af­ter three to four weeks. Take: 1,000 mg daily; slowly in­crease the amount to 4,000 mg daily if needed.

VI­TA­MIN C. This es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent is needed for the body to make col­la­gen and cartilage, so some glu­cosamine and chon­droitin sup­ple­ments con­tain it. In a U.S. Navy study, such a com­bi­na­tion (along with man­ganese) led to less os­teoarthritic pain. Mean­while, Dan­ish re­searchers found that tak­ing 1,000 mg of vi­ta­min C daily for two weeks led to less os­teoarthritic pain of the hip and knees. In some in­stances, a se­vere lack of vi­ta­min C can lead to arthritic-like joints. The dis­ease is not a true form of arthri­tis but is in­stead re­lated to blood seep­ing from weak blood In con­trast to os­teoarthri­tis, rheuma­toid arthri­tis is con­sid­ered an au­toim­mune dis­ease, mean­ing the body’s im­mune cells at­tack joints and sur­round­ing tis­sues. It causes pain and, over many years, joints may be­come stiff and de­formed. Peo­ple with rheuma­toid arthri­tis tend to have low lev­els of vi­ta­min D, so sup­ple­ments of this nu­tri­ent may help. Con­sid­er­able re­search points to the ben­e­fits of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which the body can con­vert to anti-in­flam­ma­tory prostaglandin E3. Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts, Worces­ter, found that 1.4 to 2.8 grams daily of GLA sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced symp­toms of rheuma­toid arthri­tis. Adding up to 5,500 mg of fish oil might in­crease the ben­e­fits. ves­sels into the joints. mg daily.

PY­C­NOGENOL. This ex­tract of French mar­itime pine bark con­tains more than 40 an­tiox­i­dants. Re­searchers gave ei­ther 150 mg of Py­c­nogenol or place­bos daily for three months to 100 peo­ple with os­teoarthri­tis. Peo­ple tak­ing Py­c­nogenol were able to walk longer dis­tances and had less foot edema com­pared with those tak­ing place­bos. In a sep­a­rate study of 156 peo­ple, 100 mg of Py­c­nogenol daily also led to im­prove­ments. Take: 150 mg or more daily.

ASU. The acro­nym is for the awk­ward “av­o­cado/soy­bean un­saponifi­ables” name, which refers to anti-in­flam­ma­tory oils ex­tracted from those foods. Sev­eral hu­man stud­ies have found that ASU ben­e­fits peo­ple with os­teoarthri­tis. Take: 300 mg daily.

Take: 1,000–3,000

Jack Challem, aka “The Nutri­tion Re­porter,” is the best-sell­ing au­thor of more than 20 books on health and nutri­tion, in­clud­ing The In­flam­ma­tion Syn­drome and Feed Your Genes Right. He is also a fine-art pho­tog­ra­pher. Visit him on the Web at nu­tri­tion­re­porter.com and jackchallem.com/pho­tog­ra­phy.

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