Natural Arthritis Remedies: Fact or Fiction?

Arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions for which people seek alternative or natural remedies.  Why?  It’s obvious that conventional treatment options for osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis are simply inadequate.  Despite this, there still exists a fair amount of skepticism as to whether or not natural arthritis remedies actually work!

In terms of conventional treatment options, the outlook is fairly bleak.  Typical options simply offer some degree of temporary pain relief.  You can talk to your doctor about taking pain medication such as acetaminophen, or if you’re healthy enough to handle the side effects of NSAIDS, you might try those.  After that, you can get joint injections for certain joints such as the knee with options including corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid.  Steroids actually destroy your joints while providing pain relief, so there a last ditched option prior to joint replacement or other forms of surgery.

Alternative treatments include popular choices such as glucosamine sulfate, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), or devi’s claw extract.  For a detailed discussion of the science behind these supplements see more by Dr. Jarret Morrow here.

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Nine natural remedies for gout?

Gout can be a painful condition which commonly affects the large toe.  Gout itself has gotten a bad rap as the ‘disease of kings’ over the years because it’s associated with your intake of purines found in red meat.

It’s actually a metabolic condition which means there are important dietary factors associated with gout.

Research has long show that one of the natural remedies for lowering your uric acid levels is simply consuming bing sweet cherries.  Accordingly, consuming 280 g of bing sweet cherries has been shown to have possible benefits.  It’s speculated that the vitamin C found in these cherries is largely responsible for this effect.

For more natural remedies for gout, follow the link.

Benefits of Pycnogenol?

 

Extracts of marine pine bark are sold as a dietary supplement marketed under the proprietary name, Pycnogenol®.  Over the past several years, Pycnogenol has been studied for numerous potential health benefits from every medical condition ranging from arthritis or diabetes to glaucoma or attention-deficit disorder.

For a review of the benefits of pycnogenol, follow the link.

Extracts of Pinus pinaster have a long history in traditional medicine or ethnomedicine.  Commonly, these extracts are referred to as marine pine bark extract–they’re sold as a dietary supplement known by the proprietary name, Pycnogenol®.

Marine pine bark extract has established antioxidant effects and potential use in promoting cardiovascular health.  In fact, its antioxidant effects were known dating back to Hippocrates and were further established by modern scientists.

Top 10 Weight Loss Articles

For this blog post, I thought that I would compile a list of useful weight loss articles.  Many of us struggle to lose weight and as we age, it seems to get more difficult.

Clearly, diet and exercise are the two best options for losing weight.  The old adage about ‘calories in’ and ‘calories out’ cannot be escaped.

Top 10 Weight loss Supplement Articles

 

1. Does Conjugated linoleic acid help you lose weight?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) refers to a mixture of isomers of linoleic acid which is found naturally in animal products of ruminant (any of the hoofed animals) sources including meat and diary products. Though CLA is a trans fat, many researchers claim that unlike other trans fatty acids, it is not actually harmful.

 

2. Does Grape Seed Extract help you lose weight?

“These findings suggest that grape seed could be effective in reducing 24 h EI in normal to overweight dietary unrestrained subjects, and could, therefore, play a significant role in body-weight management.”

 

3.  Low Carb Foods for weight loss.

Natural weight loss is a goal for many individuals who want to be healthier and low carb foods are a means to that end. There are so many healthy, low carb food options available now that the only real barrier to weight loss is a mental one.

4.  Protein Supplements for exercise and recovery:

A recent article published in the journal, The Physician and Sports Medicine (Kreider et al, 2009), concluded that adequate intake and appropriate timing of protein ingestion has been shown to be beneficial for endurance, anaerobic, and strength training.

5. Supersize me or maybe not…

In developed nations, obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. Millions of Americans continue with weight issues and obesity. Obesity itself has been linked to numerous health conditions including osteoarthritis, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, as well as cardiovascular disease.

6. Battle of the Bulge:

Obesity continues to reach epidemic proportions in developed nations. For people who suffer from obesity, choosing a diet that not only works but one that they are capable of adhering too can be a difficult challenge

7. Does Chitosan help you lose weight?

Chitosan is a dietary supplement ingredient which is found in supplements which are intended to promote weight loss and is https://nutraceutical.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpwidely available worldwide.   Other potential benefits on Chitosan include a possible reduction in cholesterol from taking the supplement.

8. Herbs that help you burn fat:

Herbal supplements can help you to burn fat fast. It is, however, unlikely that any herb will cause weight loss if it is not taken in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. The benefit of natural fat burning herbal supplements is that they can help you to lose body fat faster than diet and exercise alone.

9. Getting paid to shed pounds:

There are plenty of reasons for Welmoed Sisson to lose weight. She’d feel better, be healthier and fit into that skirt she wore 20 years ago before she became obese. She knows all this, and yet there may be only one incentive powerful enough to get the 49-year-old resident of Gaithersburg, Md., to pass on the delicious steaks her husband cooks. The motivator? Cold, hard cash.

10. What impact does weight reduction have on osteoarthritis?

A recent randomized trial concluded that an intensive weight loss intervention program of diet and exercise improved physical function in older obese adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA) (Miller et al, 2006).