Arthritis: Fact, myths about the effect of food supplements

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First Published 21, Feb 2019, 6:05 PM IST
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Arthritis leads to different levels of pain, stiffness and in some cases, deformities of joints. We give you facts and bust myths about food supplements and their effect on Arthritis
 

New Delhi: Arthritis is swelling in joints which are associated with a breakdown of cartilage. It mainly affects the patient's hip, knee, spine and other joints of the body. It also leads to different levels of pain, stiffness and in some cases, deformities of joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions that can affect one or multiple joints in the body.

The most important goal of osteoarthritis treatment is to relieve pain which can be done by exercise, use of supportive devices such as crutches or canes, and controlling one's weight. Dietary food supplements commonly referred to as natural medicine, herbal medicine, or alternative medicine, account for nearly 20 billion in US sales annually.

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Research has shown that certain supplements have been successful in relieving pain and increasing the range of motion in people who have arthritis. Below are some widely available supplements that have shown proven results.

Glucosamine:

One of the main components of food supplements suggested for arthritis is glucosamine sulfate, which is essential for repairing cartilage. When taken as part of the diet it shows anti-inflammatory qualities, reduction in pain, stiffness, increase in movement and decrease in swelling.

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Curcumin:

Curcumin is most commonly found in turmeric and has shown results in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has been used in traditional Hindu medicines for thousands of years, and the same has now been replicated after years of medical research.

Omega 3 fatty acids:

These supplements have shown the best results on people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory qualities. Best sources of this supplement are cold water and fatty fish, canola and olive oil, soybeans, flaxseed, pumpkin seed and walnuts.

Boswellia Serrata:

Also known as frankincense, it is an ancient Indian herb which is used in the treatment of arthritis. It reduces swelling in joints and promotes joint health. It also helps in preventing further damage to the tissue and cartilage.

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All food supplements have shown amazing results in reducing pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, they should be taken only after consultation with a certified doctor. Thumbay Hospitals, Dubai has a range of certified doctors who have helped patients with arthritis get relief from pain. They understand and diagnose each case and suggest a dietary plan accordingly.

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