Pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis number in the hundreds. If they really worked so well, you have to ask yourself – why do we need so many? There are numerous natural remedies for arthritis that are just as beneficial for reducing the pain and swelling which causes arthritis, specifically, from the root cause of inflammation in the body.
Here are 6 of the best ways to reduce inflammation in the body through natural foods. Try these 6 natural remedies for arthritis today:
Yes, you’ve likely heard about this amazing root many times. Though did you know that turmeric is full of anti-inflammatory properties? Turmeric extract, has in fact, been found to be superior to a very popular arthritis drug that costs hundreds of dollars for individuals, and many billions to tax payers that help subsidize these drugs through Medicaid and Medicare. Turmeric’s cost is pennies for a daily serving.
Coastal dwelling Maoris have very low incidence of osteoarthritis likely due to the inclusion of pineapple in their diets. The enzyme bromelain has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple also happens to be great for boosting kidney health, as well as increasing bone density and ridding the body of parasites.
The anti-inflammatory nature of ginger has been known for centuries. Studies suggest that ginger works by inhibiting CO-X2, which is a pro-inflammatory enzyme. A study involving patients who were given 225 mg twice daily noted reduced pain in 63% of the patients receiving ginger supplements compared to 50% receiving placebo.
Though it would be difficult to consume this much ginger without taking a supplement, this would still be preferable to a pharmaceutical med, many of which have unwanted side effects.
Among the best natural remedies for arthritis are cherries. This tasty fruit is full of anthocyanosides, plant pigments which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Researchers at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center have found that patients who consumed two 8-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice (amounting to approximately 45 cherries) daily for 6 weeks experienced a huge improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function. Study participants also showed a marked decrease in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation.
5. Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds
Foods that are high in Omega 3s are extremely good for controlling arthritis flare-ups naturally. Though you can also get your Omega 3s from fish, it is increasingly difficult to find wild caught or sustainably farmed fish that isn’t tainted.
Chia, flax, and hemp seed are all full of the same essential fatty acids which not only improve joint functioning, but also boost brain power and act as a vital nutrient for growing bodies. Omega 3s help us when we are young, and help us when we are old.
6. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
What doesn’t ACV do?! This fermented apple concoction made from organic apples contains special enzymes that promote healing in the body in numerous ways. Arthritis is often caused by the lack of proper minerals in the body. Calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus are essential in relieving joint pain, and ACV is full of them all.
It also restores the body to its proper pH level, and is full of antioxidants like beta-carotene and acetic acid which produce almost miraculous effects in easing arthritis pain. In case you don’t already know, apple cider vinegar cures are nearly endless.
Have any of your own natural remedies for arthritis to share? Comment below and tell the world what works and doesn’t work for you.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.