arthritis relief

  1. Chondroitin offers arthritis relief

    A small army of seniors already swears by chondroitin for arthritis relief -- and the latest research shows they're not swearing in vain.

    The new study confirms that chondroitin can beat pain, ease stiffness, and even restore function to patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hands.

    Researchers gave 162 patients suffering from radiographic hand osteoarthritis either 800 mg of chondroitin sulfate or a placebo every day. After six months, those who took the real supplement enjoyed a dramatic reduction in hand pain (nearly 9 points on a visual analogue scale).

    The visual analogue scale is a 100-point scale where patients estimate their pain levels. Since most of them started around 40, a nine-point drop is an improvement of nearly 25 percent.

    They also saw improvements in morning hand stiffness, grip strength, and overall function.

    As good as chondroitin is, it's even better when you pair it with glucosamine.

    Glucosamine and chondroitin together can actually restore cartilage to your joints and repair the damage caused by years of osteoarthritis.

    For an added boost, add some gentle movement exercises to your routine. Yoga, for example, has been shown to ease pain and restore function in patients who suffer from hand osteoarthritis. And Tai chi, the slow and graceful martial art, has shown to help combat osteoarthritis of the knees.

    Put that together with the arthritis-battling duo of glucosamine and chondroitin, and you have yourself a winner.

  2. Simple solutions for pain relief

    On Sunday, I let you in on a fun little secret: A little bit of alcohol can go a long way when it comes to relieving arthritis pain—and possibly even preventing the disease in the first place.

    But that's not the only way to reduce your pain if you're suffering from this disease.

    According to a recent study published in Arthritis Care and Research, lifting weights can help reduce pain and improve function among RA patients.

    Researchers divided 28 patients into two groups: One engaged in a high-intensity weight-training regimen for 24 weeks, while the other did less strenuous home-based exercises.

    Those who did the weightlifting appeared better able to re- grow muscle, bone and cartilage. They also had a 120 percent increase in strength and 20-30 percent improvements in physical function.

    The researchers say weight training can be used alongside drugs to "maximize" benefits... and there they go again.

    Why do supposed experts always assume that drugs have to be part of the picture?

    The simple fact is, you don't need meds or even a weightlifting regimen to beat arthritis, because there are dozens of safe and effective alternatives--from the anti- inflammatory powers of fish oil to the pain relief of comfrey root-based lotions.

    Some people even find that their condition is being caused or worsened by food allergies--and that by simply avoiding certain foods, like nightshade vegetables, they can get the relief they're looking for.

    And still others find the symptoms practically vanish when they give up smoking.

    So if you're tired of drugs and their side effects--if you're tired of not getting any better--do yourself a favor and visit a doctor who specializes in natural treatments and come up with a new approach instead.

    And for more tips on arthritis relief--and dozens of other cures you won't hear about from you doctor--click here.

  3. American women slowed by arthritis

    According to a new study, losing weight could be one way to battle arthritis.

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