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...
Risk Factors In the U.S., osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans age 25 years and older. Age Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it is much more common in older people. It rarely occurs in people younger than age 40. Gender In people younger than 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in men. After age 45, it develops more often in women. Some research suggests that women may also experience greater muscle and joint pain, in general, than men. Obesity Obesity, defined as being 20% over one's healthy weight, places people (particularly women) at increased risk for osteoarthritis. It also worsens osteoarthritis once deterioration begins. This higher risk is due to increased weight on the joints. Work and Leisure Factors Because injuries can trigger the disease process, people whose work or leisure activities place them at risk for muscle and joint injuries may face a higher risk for osteoarthritis later on. Occupational Risks. Certain occupations with repeated stressful...
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