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Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes wear and tear of the smooth cartilage surfaces of joints. It is an inflammatory process causing pain, swelling and stiffness especially in the morning and/or after exercise. Spurs may develop in the joints causing further discomfort and pain. If in the bones of the hand or wrist, a simple handshake can cause sharp pain reactions.

Arthritis has been with us since the beginning of time and has confounded the medical profession for centuries as to its cause.

Arthritic conditions affect the body’s movable or synovial joints at the knees, wrist, elbows, fingers, toes hips and shoulders.

In healthy joints the synovial membrane, the cartilage that protects the bone, and the synovial fluid are in sync creating smooth functioning joints. A problem in this area can lead to arthritic conditions.

Arthritis is usually found more often than not in the weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips and back. It is rarely with us before the age of 40 and is believed to affect most people past 60. It has been shown that far more women than men develop osteoarthritis. Obviously there are allopathic medicines available for aiding and sometimes reversing the onset of Osteoarthritis. Lately much has been written about the need to change drugs if one has been on a biphosphonate medication for 5 years or more. It is believed the biphosphonates could cause duodenal ulcers. Speak to your GP or Gynaecologist about this.

 

There are also alternative medicines that are effective in reducing the pain and inflammation. I will discuss a few that have helped many customers who have used them, and managed the dosage in a controlled fashion.

1) Glucosamine Sulphate: 800mg to 1600mg daily depending on severity helps the formation of bones, cartilage, tendons and synovial fluid and is believed to reduce pain.

2) Chondroitin Sulphate: 400mg to 800mg daily together with Glucosamine are two molecules that make up the type of cartilage that is found within joints.

3) Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): This organic sulphur which helps to reduce inflammation and also repairs tissue.

4) Herbs that may help include devil’s claw, nettle leaf boswellia and celery.

5) Fish Oil 1000mg to 3000mg daily depending on severity: Helps to lubricate and increases the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Food that may help includes eating sulphur containing products such as asparagus, eggs, onions and garlic. Green leafy vegetables and non-acidic fruits as well as whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, fish, soyabean products and avocados.

The following combination is certainly worthwhile trying.

  • Biolife Joint Support formula.
    • Dosage: If very painful start on two twice daily reducing to one twice daily. Let your body inform you re the dosage.
  • Biolife Fish Oil capsules 1000mg.
    • Dosage 2000mg at night.
  • Biolife Multivitamin + Anti-Oxidants.
    • Dosage. One capsule with or after breakfast.

I believe that the regimen described above, if taken REGULARLY, will make a big difference to whatever discomfort you experience daily.

– Ellis Henen.

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