When people talk about arthritis, many are referring to the most common form of the disease, called osteoarthritis. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness and, at its worst, can be totally debilitating for millions of Americans.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the area where two bones meet to form a joint. When the cushion wears out or cracks, the bones rub together, causing intense pain. In severe cases, the joints can develop calcifications. This means that calcium builds up on the bones and soft tissues, making them stiff and painful to move.
The solution most mainstream doctors take, as usual, is to relieve the pain with drugs rather than fix the problem causing the pain. And research from around the world has proven that there are ways to reverse calcification and to restore damaged cartilage. This is the one true way to get rid of the pain of osteoarthritis once and for all. Here's what you do:
First, take cod liver oil supplements.
Research from Cardiff University, in Great Britain, found that cod liver oil not only relieves pain, it also stops and even reverses the damage caused by osteoarthritis (and rheumatoid arthritis as well).
The recommended dose of cod liver oil is four capsules twice a day.
Second, take the herbal supplement devil's claw.
A study published in the journal Phytomedicine, compared the herb devil's claw with Diacerein, a prescription medication often prescribed for osteoarthritis. The research found that the herb was just as effective as the drug at relieving pain.
The recommended dose of devil's claw is two grams per day. Be sure to discuss this herb with your physician before you take it. If you are on a blood-thinning medicine, like Coumadin, this herb could interfere with it.
Third, take glucosamine sulfate.
Many studies have shown that glucosamine helps promote healing while relieving stiffness and pain. You probably have heard it marketed in the form of glucosamine chondroitin. But that might not be the best form of glucosamine to take. Some studies have linked chondroitin to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
I prefer glucosamine sulfate, because it includes that important sulfur component. Give it a few weeks, and you'll notice real, long-lasting relief as your joints heal themselves. In fact, this is the most famous and best-known natural treatment for osteoarthritis, and for good reason. To take just one example, a study done in Belgium found that glucosamine sulfate reversed calcification in the jointsand X-rays proved it.
The recommended dose of glucosamine sulfate is 1,500mg daily.
Finally, a tip on prevention.
Prevention is always the best medicine. To help prevent osteoarthritis, avoid heavy lifting. Researchers in the Netherlands found that it tripled the risk of developing the disease.
So take it easy with the heavy objects to keep your joints healthy. And consider the three treatments mentioned above to relieve your pain and repair your damaged joints if you already have the disease.
So there you have it. Don't just mask the pain of achy joints with drugs that actually prevent healing. Try these alternative methods, get your joints back to health and you're on your way to doing the things you love to dopain free!
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