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Supplements for rheumathoid arthritis

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation usually in the joints, but several others tissue can be concerned. The disease most often begins around the age of 30-40 and occurs with increased frequency in older people. However, it can sometimes affect younger adults or even children. Rheumato...

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation usually in the joints, but several others tissue can be concerned. The disease most often begins around the age of 30-40 and occurs with increased frequency in older people. However, it can sometimes affect younger adults or even children. Rheumatoid arthritis has been found to occur much more frequently in women than in men.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be distinguished from other types of arthritis, notably by the fact that it usually occurs symmetrically. That is, if one knee or hand is involved, the other will be also. The disease often affects the wrist joints and the finger joints closest to the hand. It can also impact other parts of the body, and may be associated with fatigue, occasional fever, and a general sense of malaise.

Supplements to use to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Omega 3 from fish oil

Many published studies have documented the efficacy of omega 3 supplementation. Studies concluded that there is convincing evidence of benefit in rheumatoid arthritis, including reduction of duration of morning stiffness, number of tender or swollen joints, joint pain, length of fatigue, and inflammation. Supplements may need to be consumed for at least 12 weeks at a minimum dose of 3g per day of omega 3 (EPA and DHA combined) before effects are apparent. This is quite a high dose, which was administrated during a study. It might be better to start with a lower dose, or seek medical advice before doing so.

Selenium and Vitamin E

These nutrients work together in reducing the production of inflammatory compounds and controlling free radical tissue damage. One clinical study did indicate that selenium combined with vitamin E had a positive effect. A review of studies found no conclusive evidence of benefit from taking vitamin E or selenium supplements alone. In order to be of benefit, both nutrients must be provided at the same time.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, but vitamin C concentrations in blood are significantly lower in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis than in normal people. Taking vitamin C supplements provides an interesting anti-inflammatory action.

Dosage

  • Fish oils: 1,000 mg EPA + DHA per day
  • Selenium: 100 to 200 mcg per day
  • Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols): 200 to 400 IU per day
  • Vitamin C: 500 to 1,000 mg per day
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