Tame the Flames of Arthritis

Tame The Flames

The burning pain when you bend your knees, or the flaming ache in your hip when you walk more than a block, are all too familiar symptoms for those who live with arthritis day in and day out. It is important to gain control to manage your pain if you suffer from arthritis.

Exercise? Is it more fuel for the fire?

Believe it or not, the Arthritis Society recommends exercise as a means to help keep joints healthy so it should be considered as one component of a treatment program. Joint cartilage does not have its own blood supply to bring it nutrients and remove waste. This twofold job is done by musculoskeletal movement, that causes compression and expansion in the joint. Joint cartilage can be compared to a sponge sitting on the beach. When you use a joint in a full range of motion, it’s as though tidal currents wash nutrients over the cartilage. As you move the joint, it experiences mechanical pressure that squeezes out waste. If joint cartilage is not regularly fed with nutrients, it starves and crumbles. The area around the joint is loaded with muscles, tendons, ligaments and other assorted soft tissue. If these don’t get enough exercise, they will shrink, stiffen, weaken and, unfortunately, cause pain. That’s why exercise is critical to managing pain. Marathon running and rock climbing are not recommended, but walking and gardening are possible choices. Working with a personal trainer can be beneficial in providing a personal exercise program that meets your medical needs. Speak to your doctor about a suitable exercise program as part of your treatment.

Supplements, What Can They Do for You?

There are some natural substances that are gaining ground as serious second generation ingredients that may ease arthritis symptoms. Look for these active ingredients when purchasing health supplements.

GlycoMarine is comprised of an anti-inflammatory component called glycogen complex. This has been shown by standard pharmacological techniques, used in the assessment of medicinal products, to have a significant effect in suppressing inflammation. This compound defends joints against cartilage degeneration and improves joint function and mobility through its unique chondro-protective properties. Another valuable feature of GlycoMarine is that it does not damage the delicate stomach lining and actually provides a protective function for it. GlycoMarine helps to relieve inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritic diseases. At the same time, it protects the stomach from the damaging effects of some painkillers, should a person be taking these at the same time.

Kolla2 is unhydrolyzed Type II collagen. This supplies vital amino acids that maintain the water in the intercellular matrix of connective tissue. It contributes to the elasticity
of skin, eyes, joints and cardiovascular system. Research has shown that Type II collagen is lost progressively in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis patients. Kolla2 offers the complete building blocks for cartilage and joint health.

Myristin (Cetyl Myristoleate, also called CM or CMO) was discovered in 1964 by researcher Harry W. Diehl who worked for the US National Institutes of Health. The CM molecule is a fatty acid ester of cetyl alcohol and myristoleic acid, not to be confused with myristic acid. It appears to have the same characteristics as the essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha inolenic, except that it is stronger and longer lasting. These fatty acids are referred to as essential fatty acids (EFAs) because the human body cannot make them and we must ingest them from our diets. The use of EFAs over an extended period of time has been shown to decrease arthritic pain and inflammation, and improve mobility.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) plays an integral role in maintaining and regulating moisture within the tissues and facilitates the transport of nutrients into the cells and the removal of metabolic waste. HA is found in all of the body’s tissues. The highest concentrations are located in the extracellular matrix of the skin and the synovial fluid that bathes the joints and cartilage. HA has one of the highest lubricating properties of any substance; one molecule of HA has the ability to attract 1000 molecules of water. Optimum levels of HA are essential for joint and cartilage health. HA restores lubrication and cushioning to the joints.

Regardless of what causes arthritis, it is a nagging, stiffening, and flaming type of pain that sufferers strive to tame. The Arthritis Society suggests that complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and light exercise, may be beneficial. Patients are encouraged to consult their doctor and thoroughly research complementary therapies that may provide additional relief.

Dr. T. Stokes – Natural Health Clinical Researcher / PhD Biochemistry

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