Rheumatoid Arthritis: Natural Treatment Options, Part 2

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause debilitating pain in the joints. The fatty acid, vitamin, and mineral listed below are not a cure but will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using any minerals, supplements, and fatty acids listed below. Taking these items may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

 

Fatty Acids, Vitamins, and Minerals:

Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and for the functioning of calcium in the body. The natural type is produced in the skin in the form of cholesterol. Your body can make Vitamin D3 from the sun. Its ultraviolet B (UVB) energy converts the precursor to vitamin D3. Supplements are available for Vitamin D3. Food sources include the following:

  • fatty fish such ass tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • beef liver
  • cheese
  • shitake mushrooms
  • egg yolks

Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that is naturally produced in the body. It is very anti-inflammatory. Magnesium can be taken in the form of a supplement. Good dietary sources of magnesium can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables.  Also:

  • fruits or vegetables (such as bananas, dried apricots, and avocados)
  • nuts (such as almonds and cashews)
  • peas and beans (legumes), seeds
  • soy products (such as soy flour and tofu)
  • whole grains (such as brown rice and millet)
  • milk

Omega 3: Omega 3 is a fatty acid and very anti-inflammatory. Great sources of Omega 3 are deep water fish (such as salmon and anchovies). Grass-fed beef and farm-raised chickens are also healthy choices. Supplements may be used.

 

Bioflavonoids:

Bioflavonoids are plant compounds with medical benefits that comprise the pigments responsible for the bright colors of fruits and vegetables that are divided into four broad categories. Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are the two categories that concerns rheumatoid arthritis.

 Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are anti-oxdants with anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is found in citrus fruit, berries, dark leafy greens, onions, and other foods sources.  Sources of proanthocyanidins are grapes (seeds and skins), apples, pecans, pistachios, and more food sources.

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