From 2013-2015, an estimated 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) annually had ever been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. By 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) US adults ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.1
According to the Arthritis Foundation there are over 100 different types of arthritis. To understand if you or a loved one have a form of arthritis, here are the common warning signs and symptoms:
- Decreased range of motion
- Chronic pain
- Inability to do daily activities
- Difficulty walking or climbing
- Knobby finger joints
- Degenerated joints
- Digestive problems
- Accompanying heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin issues
The two most common forms of arthritis are inflammatory and degenerative. Infectious and metabolic (gout) can occur as well. Traditional approaches include NSAIDS and steroids. Some get to the point of therapy and surgeries.
NSAIDs are linked to kidney failure and heart problems while steroids lead to weight gain, skin problems, mood issues, and more.2 Many drug alternatives are emerging due to these side effects and the growing prescription drug addiction crisis.
The Top 8 Natural Bone and Joint Pain Remedies
This powerful root from India and parts of Asia has the backing of over 11,000 studies showing it’s health benefits.3 Nearly 200 of those show the benefits of reducing inflammation and being a great alternative to drugs to curb the effects of arthritis in the body.
The turmeric root is high in curcuminoids (curcumin) which have been shown to be more effective and safer than NSAIDs and drugs in the reduction of inflammation.4 This makes it a great alternative with proper dosages and absorption. To increase absorption take turmeric powder or supplements with a 90%+ concentration of curcuminoids accompanied by coconut oil and/or black pepper.
2. Green Lipped Mussels
Extract from the green lipped mussel is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It mimics the effects of NSAIDs without the negative effects.5 In fact, it has been shown to protect the body from NSAID damage.6
As a great source of omegas, it reduces prostaglandins and leukotrienes (inflammation causing molecules). The extract is also high in Lyprinol which has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. It has been shown to reduce arthritic pain in 75% of users within one month.7
Glucosamine is an amino sugar that aids the joints in the body. The body needs glucosamine to synthesize specific tissues and form cartilage. Glucosamine is a precursor to collagen, joint formation and tendon repair. Studies show it also reduces pain levels and swelling in arthritis patients.8
One easy way to obtain glucosamine is through supplementation or through bone broth.
Type II collagen is the main collagen found in cartilage. It is made up of polypeptide chains of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline mainly. Consequently, collagen is shown to be significantly decreased in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis patients.9
Primary sources of collagen are animal sources specifically bone broth, just like glucosamine. Studies show arthritic patients decrease swollen and tender joints when administered collagen with some cases even going into remission.10 Collagen is a must in the arsenal to overcome arthritic conditions naturally.
Resin from the Boswellia Tree has helpful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The acids of the resin have been shown to block enzymes that produce inflammation in the body.11 Using Boswellia is shown to decrease pain levels, slow degeneration, and increase mobility in those with arthritis.
6. Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)
Cetyl myristoleate is a relative of the Omega-9 fatty acid found in olive oil. It has multiple properties as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and as being an immune system modulator. Research suggests cetylated fatty acids help lubricate joints, increase mobility, and decrease inflammation in arthritic patients.
7. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
An important precursor to the powerful antioxidant glutathione in the body. Since glutathione must be built in the body then NAC supplementation becomes crucial. NAC serves a beneficial role in the health of several organs, it prevents damage from NSAIDs and other pain-relieving drugs, and in arthritis patients, it has been shown to reduce inflammation and bone destruction.12
A healthy balance of omega 6 to omega 3 in the body (ideally a 2:1 ratio) drives down the inflammatory response.13 The most important step in achieving this 2:1 ratio is to avoid rancid oils in processed foods that will clog up the cells and put toxins into the system. Vegetable oils, soybean oils, cottonseed oils, and other similar oils that are heavily used in our food supplies are the culprits.
Accompanying a clean fat diet should be healthy doses of Omega 6, as the body can not create its own, and must be consumed through food. Evening primrose, borage oil, flax oil, and other plant-based oils are excellent sources of proper omega 6 as well as the accompanying Omega 3 in the perfect ratio, just as nature intended. These all-important Omegas (GLA, ALA, and more) are perfect inflammation fighters for arthritis, nerve pain, and more.14
* Make it easy and try a joint health supplement that integrates most of these important components!
BONUS 9: Chiropractic Care
Proper chiropractic care gets to the root cause of why joints wear out and inflame in the first place. When joints are stressed and not aligned arthritis sets in. Proper alignment reduces pain, med use, and improves organ function. It has also been shown to slow down, stop, and potentially reverse some forms of degeneration and inflammatory joint conditions.15