Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly starts to attack the lining of the joints. Although there are expensive medical treatments for RA, there are also effective natural remedies.
When the bodies immune system gets confused and starts attacking the lining of the membranes around the joints, it causes muscle and joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue. Even thought the inflammation comes and goes, over time the damage to the joints becomes permanent. RA is most common in men over 40, but anyone can have it. There is not a cure for RA, but there are several home remedies that can ease the symptoms of RA, and even prevent them.
1. Fish Oil
Fish oil contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce inflammation, especially the fish oils that contain EPA and DHA. Fish oil has also been shown to prevent heart disease. There is a strong link between RA and heart disease. You can find fish oil capsules at you local pharmacy, so look for the ones that are at least 30% EPA/DHA. Also, incorporating fish like tuna and salmon helps add fish oil to your diet.
A recent study done in 2012 showed that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, actually work better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Turmeric can be found in capsule form, or you can make a simple turmeric tea by boiling a quart of water and adding a tablespoon of turmeric powder. It is also useful as a spice to add to your daily cooking.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The key to AVC’s effects on RA is in it’s Mineral Content. ACV contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphate – all of which are great for your joint health. ACV also helps relieve pain and swelling. Besides mixing ACV with water and drinking it daily, you can also massage it into the skin directly on the affected areas when you are experiencing RA pain.
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