Helping arthritis with good nutrition and antioxidants
I could fill a book with the testimonies of clients who are experiencing significant improvements in joints affected by osteoarthritis (OA).
As an example I have been working with someone with OA in her ankles and back. Through diet we wanted to reduce inflammation but also help lose a few kilos to take more pressure from the affected joints.
Back arthritis is generally the least responsive to diet and supplements. Because of this we started with much higher doses of supplements. We added high levels of anti-inflammatory Omega 3with higher doses of broad spectrum antioxidants and minerals. We added a temporary antioxidant booster and a double dose of my joint formula.
In the first two months she was on over 1500mg of high grade chondroitin and glucosamine with 200mg of 95 per cent curcumin (turmeric) extract. Within two months she started to notice the difference. She has been able to significantly reduce pain medication and has greater mobility. As a bonus her energy has improved and feels much better in herself.
Last week I carried out a monthly review with a client in her mid-80s with arthritis in her shoulder and hands. She commented on how much better these were.
Nutritional therapy can have unexpected improvements. My client also had a long-term problem with very dry skin. While it has taken a time to improve here we have an 85 year old whose skin has improved significantly.
Many people respond to health problems by purchasing supplements at the supermarket, health store or that advertised on TV. There is nothing wrong with that but in my experience the best results come from using a full nutritional programme covering diet, supplements and appropriate lifestyle changes. These are the steps that can really make a difference.
John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd.
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