5 Vitamins for Rheumatoid Arthritis

5 Vitamins for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition in which the immune system attacks the tissues of your body, most commonly certain joints in your body. RA also includes fatigue, fever, and a loss of appetite.

RA is often a genetic issue, however not always. The condition can often be improved greatly through following a nutritional plan to reduce inflammation and following certain MindBody practices such as meditation, stress reduction, healthy movements like yoga.

Most medical treatments are aggressive anti-inflammatory therapies along with immune reducing drugs. In many cases, with an integral approach we can achieve the same results. We can use food as a strong medicine and whole food supplements in order to naturally reduce inflammation AND help the body better self-regulate.

Turmeric:
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.

Bromelain:
Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme that eats up inflammation and its by products. Very well studies enzyme that comes from food (papaya). May fight some cancers. Respiratory problems like bronchitis and sinusitis. Great for joints and healing from injuries and surgeries. Comes in pineapple and papaya and is delicious to eat and something we recommend as part of the THERMO diet. Great to take every day, especially for general athletic activities. Improves recovery time post workout. 200-400 mg 2-3x/day is an excellent dose.

Boswellia:
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.

Bone Broth:
Bone broth is chock full of minerals AND healthy collagen. Bone broth is also filled with collagen and I really like to think of BB as more immunoregulatory than collagen alone and because inflammation is an immune response and closely tied to our gut and brain health, so this is a homerun over the long term in terms of helping us regulate and rebuild. Collagen is amazing: its filled with powerful amino acids that not only provide the building blocks for your internal connective tissue matrix BUT also provide you powerful anti-inflammatory activity and tools for hormone balance. The glycine in Collagen is very anti inflammatory. The Proline in Collagen is also great to rebuild tendons and joints as well as helping to repair the gut lining.

Vitamin D:
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. Vitamin D regulates over 1,000 processes in your body. I recommend 2-5k ius per day.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17974032

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11950006

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