Causes The exact causes of osteoarthritis are not known. Scientists think that osteoarthritis likely develops from a combination of factors, including genetic susceptibility to joint injury. Aging Cells The body's ability to repair cartilage deteriorates with increasing age. Although osteoarthritis generally accompanies aging, osteoarthritic cartilage is chemically different from normal cartilage of the same age. As chondrocytes (the cells that make up cartilage) age, they lose their ability to make repairs and produce more cartilage. This process likely plays an important role in the development and progression of osteoarthritis. Genetic Factors Osteoarthritis tends to run in families. Genetic factors may be involved in about half of osteoarthritis cases in the hands and hips, and in a somewhat lower percentage of cases in the knee. Several genes that might contribute to an inherited risk are under investigation. Inflammatory Response The inflammatory response is an overreaction of the immu...
First, understand that there is no
"magic supplement" that will cure osteoarthritis. In this post, we'll talk about the real difference
between supplements and arthritis medication, how to select a supplement to buy
and about a few common osteoarthritis supplements, including glucosamine and
chondroitin . Also, note that the most effective, lasting treatment for the pain
associated with osteoarthritis is stretching and strengthening the surrounding
muscles in the right way.
What Are Supplements?
People have been using plants for
medicinal purposes since the beginning of civilization. Of every 10,000 compounds sampled, perhaps
one will make it to market. And that
process of bringing a new drug to market takes 10 to15 years and can cost more
than $1 billion dollars. That's a lot of
money! Considering the abundance of
potential natural therapeutic agents out there in the world, it shouldn't be
surprising that some of them have not yet been ...
Boron and Osteoarthritis
Boron is a trace element that occurs naturally in soil, plants and metal deposits. Trace elements are also present in very small quantities in the body. Studies have shown a correlation between the amount of boron in the soil and the prevalence of arthritis. For example, in Israel, high levels of boron are found in the soil and the incidence of arthritis is less than 1%. Compare that to Jamaica and Mauritius where boron levels are low and the arthritis rates have been reported to be as high as 50 to 70 percent.
Carnarvon is a large town in Western Australia. People with osteoarthritis have been known to travel from as far as 1,000 miles away because "the climate" in Carnarvon is said to help arthritis symptoms. It turns out that Carnarvon has very high boron soil rates. Could these arthritis sufferers really have found relief in Carnarvon because of the boron-rich foods grown in that soi...
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