Arthritis is any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints. It can occur in any age, however typically occurs as we age. It can be very painful and make everyday life a hassle.
A deficiency of vitamins can lead to a variety of health problems, including some forms of arthritis.
These organic nutrients are normal sourced through our intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Due to the following factors, it is not always possible to get our recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins:
- Poor soil quality
- Modern processing methods
- Popularity of ‘Junk’ foods
- As an alternative to getting your RDA through diet, many people now take vitamin supplements.
The following list of vitamins are known to be especially beneficial to arthritis sufferers:
- Vitamin B5 – When grouped and tanked together, B vitamins work at their peak. They, and B5 specifically, are good for reducing swelling.
- Vitamin B3 – This vitamin reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow. Note that Vitamin B3 is NOT advised for persons with high blood pressure, gout or sliver disorders.
- Vitamin B6 – Another B that reduces tissue swelling.
- Vitamin B12 – This vitamin aids in multiple functions. It helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, nerve protection.
- Vitamin C – This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.
- Vitamin E – This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while increases joint flexibility.
- Vitamin K – This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.
Vitamins combine with enzymes involved with tissue repair, cell production and our metabolism.
There are two types of vitamins:
- Water Soluble – These vitamins ( B and C complex ) are not not stored in our body organs and usually pass through our bodies very quickly, in the form of urine. It is therefore important to have regular daily intakes of these vitamins.
- Fat Soluble – Vitamins A, D, E and K stay in the body as they are stored in the liver.
Always be sure to see what you’re body needs specifically and check in with your doctor regulargy as each individuals needs can vary.