Some of the biggest complaints I hear from my older patients concern arthritis.

Well, I should say I get that complaint from my new older patients – because those who've been with me for any period of time and start following my plan tell me their arthritis is gone, unless it's end stage joint damage (bone on bone).

I'll tell you more about that in a moment, but first I'd like to take a look at some remarkable new research that shows a link between osteoarthritis and a vitamin D deficiency.

That's one more reason for you to make sure you're getting enough of the sunshine vitamin.

A study published in May in Arthritis & Rheumatism found that folks over the age of 51 who don't get enough vitamin D lose 1.5 percent more knee cartilage per year than those who do.

That might not sound like a lot, but over a few years it can add up – and over a decade or two, there's a potential for some serious damage.

But if that's not enough to convince you to make sure you're getting enough vitamin D, consider this: Vitamin D can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer, prevent colds and the flu, and even help you live longer.

While it's called the sunshine vitamin because your body can make it from exposure to the sun, there are too many factors that can interfere with that natural process. Everything from sunblock to clothing to the weather can impede your body's D production, so to really make sure you're getting enough, you'll want to take a supplement.

But don't worry – they're inexpensive and easy to find.

Now, vitamin D alone won't cure or prevent osteoarthritis – but it may help cut down on your risk or slow its progress. There are a number of factors that can cause or worsen this condition, and a few things you can do on your own to stop and even reverse it.

For a complete look at how to rebuild your joints and cartilage and truly rid yourself of arthritis, go back into the May issue of Health Revelations. If you haven't subscribed yet, don't worry – if you sign up now, you'll get complete access to the archives.

And if you're concerned about other forms of arthritis, be sure to take a look at the June issue as well, where I explain the real cause of rheumatoid arthritis – and show you how to reverse it.

My plans are easy, inexpensive and something you can do on your own. Most of my patients are amazed at how well they work – they tell me all the time how they haven't felt this good in decades.

Isn't it about time you felt that good, too?