Vitamin D – For joint pain it can be VERY helpful. Because of its role in inflammation I feel strongly that it is important in inflammation regulation. There are some interesting studies on its effect on joint pain. 2,000-4,000 iu per day. The first is something we have all heard so much about in the last few years and it is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is CRITICAL to so many processes in your body.
If we think of a hormone as a chemical that acts as a communicator and signaler – Vitamin D is actually more like a hormone than a “vitamin”.
One study says 41% of people are vitamin D deficient, I personally saw much higher rates but then again my bias is that I saw people who needed help getting well again. Simply put, Vitamin D is a huge inflammation blocker. There is no place it can’t crush inflammation. There is a reason its deficiency is implicated in so many problems from heart disease, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases.
We can get it from the sun and from some foods. Ideally get 20 minutes of direct sun daily.
AS with all things common sense rules. Exercise, walking, and rejuvenating in the sun for a brief period each day activates cells in your skin to make your own vitamin D.
I do personally supplement with vitamin D and get great benefits from it as do most people I put on it. I love oil based Vitamin D supplements and recommend about 5-10k ius per day depending on labs, sun exposure and other factors. 2-5kiu per day is a great idea for most healthy folks who just want to maintain. One study showed great results with 3332 IUs per day.
Vitamin D, as part of this, is amazingly helpful for testosterone production in men and in proper estrogen balance in women.
Vitamin D regulates over 1,000 processes in your body.
Turmeric @ 500mg 2-3x/day. Turmeric has been around for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Choinese medicine. It treats arthritis by blocking cytokines and pro-inflammatory enzymes. It is a COX-2 inhibitor just like Motrin. A 2010 study demonstrated that a curcumin supplement gave solid improvement in function and pain in 100 patients with knee arthritis. In a 2012 study, curcumin was shown to reduce joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA as compared to a drug called diclofenac. Take it as Curcumin to help with joint pain.
Cat’s Claw @800mg 3x/day. Cat’s claw is a powerful herb that comes from South and Central America. It is very anti-inflammatory. Cats Claw is also great for regulating the immune system in general. It has good research showing pain improvement in the knee and hip joints.
Boswellia – 200-300 mg 2-3xday. Boswelia is ancient frankincense and has been used for thousands of years. Great anti inflammatory herb and works perfectly with Curcumin. Instead of the COX 2 inhibition, it inhibits the 5-LOX pathway. This is very special because it really helps with pain and shuts this dangerous enzyme off when its too high. Has huge implications for pain, tissue repair, cancer. 5-Lox makes leukotrienes. Has a powerful effect on some chemicals that when out of balance can ratchet up inflammation – TNF, cytokines, etc. German scientists have demonstrated that boswellia extract is a more potent inhibitor of the enzymes that encourage cancer growth in humans than are certain chemotherapy drugs. May be effective against some forms of leukemia. May be effective against some meningioma cells and tumors. May be effective against prostate cancer. Helps with atherosclerosis. Huge helper for pain and degenerative conditions that are associated with inflammation. Boswelia can reduce back pain.
MSM is a great supplement to take to reduce inflammation naturally while reducing inflammtion. It appears to work best when taken with Vitamin C and Collagen Protein. Research has shown that MSM helps improve joint flexibility. This improves flexibility due to a restoration of the cell health in the tissues. MSM is an anti-inflammatory through its ability to detox metabolic wastes to be removed from the cells. Sulfur, a major part of MSM, needs to be present to remove toxins from the body. You can Take up to 6g per day, best with food based vitamin C and Collagen protein.
Fish Oil – DO NOT TAKE. Most fish oil is rancid (oxidized) and simply increases your inflammation issues. They are also laden with heavy metals and chemicals that are a very sad by product of polluted oceans. The production process for most fish oils actually oxidizes them
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