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Cause

The primary cause of arthritis is poor nutrition. In modern agriculture, the soil is fertilized mostly with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. After several harvests, the soil becomes deficient in every other element. So the crops become deficient in other elements, and people in turn become deficient in necessary minerals for the skeletal system, like boron, magnesium, manganese, silicon, sulfur, copper, and zinc. Furthermore, people reduce sun exposure, which leads to a deficiency of vitamin D. These deficiencies lead to lower bone densities, thinner cartilage, less synovial fluid, and reduced resistance to infection. By age 60, the reduced bone density, thin cartilage, and insufficient synovial fluid makes it likely that there will be arthritis of some form. The reduced resistance to infection makes it more likely that at some point in life a person will get an infection which will start an inflammation cycle in some joints, which is also a form of arthritis.

Also, there are high levels of toxic elements in the modern environment, which among other problems causes extra inflammation, making it more likely that an inflammation cycle will start.

Treatment

The primary treatment is getting enough minerals and vitamins, especially boron, vitamin D, magnesium, manganese, silicon, sulfur, vitamin C, carrots (for vitamin A), copper, iodine, and zinc. Eat foods like broccoli, and cherries to reduce inflammation. Then use chelation to eliminate toxic elements, and take proteolytic enzymes to eliminate scar tissue. Meditate to reduce stress and inflammation. Doing all this would treat most cases of arthritis, and improve general health.

If there is still arthritis after the primary treatment, try taking glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, vitamin B, aloe vera, and honey and cinnamon. If there is still pain remaining, then look for other treatments to reduce inflammation and improve health. If after trying all this nothing ends the pain, then you can consider DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) for pain relief, while still looking other ways to improve your health.

Scoring
For each treatment below, the effectiveness is rated on a scale of 0 to 10. The effectiveness rating is a combination of the claimed power of the treatment with the amount of evidence for that claim. The availability is rated on a scale of 0 to 5. The easier the treatment is to obtain, the higher the availability rating, the more expensive the treatment, the lower the availability rating. If the treatment is a common food the availability rating will be 5, if the treatment can only be obtained by mail order, the rating will be lower, if the treatment is only available by prescription the rating lower still. The safety is rated on a scale of 0 to 5. If the treatment is a common safe food the safety rating will be 5, if the treatment has mild adverse effects the rating will be lower, if the treatment requires injections or monitoring in a clinic to prevent the possibility of severe adverse effects the rating will be lower still.

The scores are totaled, and the treatments are ranked in descending order of the total score, then alphabetically.

This page is in progress and more treatments in the “unrated” category will be expanded.

Boron

Boron treats arthritis, boron deficiency is the most common cause of arthritis. The typical arthritis treatment dose is 10 mg/day of boron. However, some populations have as much as 30 mg a day in their diet will only good long term effects, and more boron is better for arthritis, so for quicker treatment, a dose up to 30 mg/day can be safely taken. Although the long term effects are only good, at doses of 30 mg/day boron kills fungal infections like candida, and the die off can lead to temporary detox reactions like nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea, in which case go back to the 10 mg/day dose and build up slowly again.

Boron treats arthritis by enabling the body to produce more synovial fluid, by getting rid of fluorine, by balancing the calcium concentrations in the body, by helping the body use vitamin D, and by killing fungal infections, like candida. The synovial fluid that lubricates the cartilage and bone ends in the actual joint capsule contains boron, so the body requires boron to make the necessary lubricating fluid.

Boron can be bought in capsules, like the Boron - 3 mg capsules from Life Extension. However, while 3 milligrams of boron will help, the effects of such a small dose are minor. You can take 3 capsules a day to get the typical treatment dose of 10 mg/day, and 10 capsules a day to get the higher safe dose of 30 mg/day. Including shipping and taxes, 100 capsules are about 8 USD, so 3 capsules per day works out to 7 USD/month and 10 capsules per day works out to about 24 USD/month. Boron rich foods include raisins with 4.5 mg boron/100 g, almonds with 2.8 mg boron/100 g and hazelnuts with 2.8 mg/100 g. It would be necessary to eat 220 g of raisins/day just to reach the typical arthritis dose of 10 mg boron/day, so to treat arthritis supplementation is usually necessary.

The cheapest safe source of boron is borax, boric acid must never be taken orally. Borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, with the molecular formula Na2B4O7·10H2O and molar mass of 381. The boron component of the molar mass is 43, so by mass boron is 11.2% of borax. Borax is also called sodium borate, sodium borate decahydrate, disodium salt, sodium tetraborate, and disodium tetraborate decahydrate. The density of powdered borax is 1.71 grams/mL, so one teaspoon is about 8.55 grams of borax, which has 0.96 grams (960 mg) of boron. One eighth of a teaspoon of borax has 120 mg of boron, one quarter of a teaspoon of borax has 240 mg of boron, and 1/32 of a teaspoon of borax has 30 mg of boron. Borax is usually in the laundry section, brands include 20 Mule Team Borax, and Pascoes - Bare Essentials Borax. Other ways to get borax are listed in the Borax Cures Questions section, and on page 6 and page 7 of the Borax Cures site. The 20 Mule Team Borax box has about 2 kg of borax, which gives about 7,500 daily doses of borax (245 monthly doses), each containing 30 mg of boron, and costs about 7 USD, so 0.028 USD/month, 840 times cheaper than the capsule price. Boron itself is dirt cheap, the reason why the capsules are relatively expensive is because the capsule ingredients have to be guaranteed food grade, mixed with fillers, and packaged.

It has been found that generally, at the typical dose of 10 mg/day those under 60 years old get better in the first month, those in their sixties in the second month, and those in their 70’s and 80’s generally get better after 3 months of boron supplementation. The higher dose of 30 mg/day should have similar effects in less than half the time. Overall, if the patient is not in severe pain, then the typical dose of 10 mg/day is appropriate, if the patient is in severe pain or wants quicker results, knowing that there are possible detox adverse effects at higher doses, then 30 mg/day could be used.

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  • Effectiveness: 10
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 4

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D treats arthritis, mainly by building bone. The vitamin D dose should be at least 4,000 IU/day (100 mcg/day). To get more protection, the dose can be increased to 8,000 IU/day, this is comfortably under the 10,000 IU/day that is the lower limit of risk, and the benefits are enormous. One IU of vitamin D is 0.025 mcg, alternately 1 mcg of vitamin D is 40 IU.

Vitamin D3 is naturally produced by the body, vitamin D2 is not. Only take vitamin D3, vitamin D2 is an inferior analogue whose potency is less than one third that of vitamin D3. Vitamin D2, ergocalciferol, is produced when ergosterol in a yeast extract is converted by ultraviolet light, it is never produced by the human body. Vitamin D3 is produced when 7-dehydro-cholesterol, a precursor molecule of cholesterol present in the skin, is converted by ultraviolet light. Vitamin D3 products include Bio Tech Pharmacal D3-50 - 50,000 IU, Amazon - Nutrigold - Vitamin D3 - 5,000 IU and Life Extension - Vitamin D3 - 5,000 IU.

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  • Effectiveness: 7
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 5

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Magnesium

Magnesium treats arthritis, mainly because it is necessary for bone mineralization. The typical supplementation dose is 8 mg/kg/day, which works out to 560 mg/day for a 70 kg person. The total treatment dose is 13 mg/kg/day, and the typical US diet provides 5 mg/kg/day, giving the typical supplementation dose of 8 mg/kg/day. The supplementation should ideally be from food.

Magnesium is one of the minerals that comprise bone, as the magnesium content of bone mineral decreases, bone crystals become larger and more brittle. Magnesium is needed to utilize vitamin D and calcium, both of which are crucial for healthy bones. In part, magnesium helps bones by slowing bone turnover.

Magnesium rich foods include seeds (pumpkin, squash, watermelon, flax, sesame, and sunflower), bran (rice, wheat, and oat), and nuts (brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, and pine nuts). Magnesium supplements include Life Extension - Magnesium - 500 mg and PureBulk.com - Magnesium Gluconate.

Getting magnesium from food is reasonably safe. However, very large doses of magnesium from supplements may cause adverse effects such as nausea, diarrhea, appetite loss, muscle weakness, abdominal cramps, and extremely low blood pressure. Individuals with kidney failure lose the ability to remove excess magnesium from the blood, and should carefully monitor magnesium supplementation due to the risk of magnesium toxicity. Overall, it is best to get the required magnesium from food. If the patient is not getting enough magnesium from food, then magnesium from supplements can be added to reach the treatment dose of 13 mg/kg/day.

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  • Effectiveness: 6
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 4

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Manganese

Manganese treats arthritis, it is necessary for the synthesis of mucopoly-saccharides that lubricate joints. The typical dose to treat arthritis is 7 mg/day. An estimated 37% of people have low levels of manganese in their diets.

Manganese is necessary for the synthesis of mucopoly-saccharides that surround and protect cells and lubricate joints, and is an integral part of the enzyme superoxide dismutase which is a powerful antioxidant which eliminates environmental toxins and free radicals.

Manganese rich foods include wheat germ and bran (rice bran, oat bran), nuts (hazelnuts, pine nuts, pecans), steamed blue mussels, cloves and saffron, and baking chocolate and cocoa powder. Manganese supplements include Life Extension - Manganese - 15 mg and Swanson Health Products - Swanson Ultra - Albion Chelated Manganese - 10 mg.

As of August 2011, no reported cases of manganese toxicity from dietary sources existed. However, supplements can provide too much manganese; more than 11 mg/day of manganese from supplements can lead to manganese toxicity, the most common form is interference with the process of absorbing iron and a resulting iron-deficiency and possible anemia. Overall, people with arthritis should try to get at least 10 mg/day of manganese from food, the amounts of manganese for manganese rich foods are listed at the HealthAliciousNess.com - Top 10 Foods Highest in Manganese page. If the patient is not getting enough manganese from food, then up to 10 mg/day should be taken from supplements to reach the treatment dose of 10 mg/day.

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  • Effectiveness: 6
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 4

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Chelation

Chelation treats arthritis mainly by reducing inflammation, and since its effects are permanent it is perfect for prevention. The word chelate means pincer like claw. In medicine this word indicates the action of chemically grabbing metals and removing them. Chelation can be done orally or intravenously. Intravenous chelation is faster, but it can only be done in a clinic and there are many potential intravenous therapy adverse effects, therefore it should only be done in cases of acute metal poisoning. For all other illnesses, chelation should be done orally.

Because chelating chemicals remove all metals, including essential metals, safe chelation requires that the essential metals be replenished throughout the therapy. A good chelating system will provide the patient essential metals in the morning, and chelating chemicals just before sleep. Different foods and chemicals have different affinities for different metals, for example cilantro is good at removing mercury and EDTA is good at removing lead, also some chelators require other chemicals to chelate toxic metals, so to remove all the toxic metals the chelating system should have many chelators or helper chemicals, such as alpha lipoic acid (ALA), cilantro, chlorella, coenzyme Q10, EDTA, garlic, L-Cysteine, magnesium, methionine, methysulfonylmethane (MSM) N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), selenium, sodium alginate, taurine, vitamin B12, and vitamin C. To add to the metal supplementation in the morning, while on chelation therapy the patient should eat many foods which have a high ratio of minerals to calories, such as root vegetables. The removed metals will leave through the urine, stool, sweat, or hair. To help this along, drink lots of water, eat lots of fiber, and sweat more with exercise and/or a sauna.

Extreme Health USA has two chelation systems, the vegetarian Heavy Metal Detox Supplement and with EDTA, the Heart Plus Detox Supplement. They both include a morning supplement to provide metals in the morning.

Science Formulas has two chelation products, the caplet bulk jar, Oral Chelation Caplet Formula and the liquid bottle, Oral Chelation Liquid Formula. The full treatment requires either the caplet bulk jar or three liquid bottles. Their morning supplement, Multi Chelation Support Formula, is sold separately.

There are many foods and chemicals which treat arthritis safely, but once the patient stops taking them, most of the effects stop. Chelation has the advantage that once the metals are removed, they're gone forever, making chelation one of the best preventation measures, because taking it once gives lifetime arthritis protection. It is still a good idea to take mild chelation therapy every few years because in that time the body will get more toxic metals, and also no single round of chelation therapy removes all the toxic metals.

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  • Effectiveness: 8
  • Availability: 3
  • Safety: 3

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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) treats arthritis, mainly by lubricating joints. The typical dose for MSM is 2,000 mg by mouth twice daily, for a total of 4,000 mg/day. The dose should be started small, at 500 mg/day, then increased to the target dose at 500 mg/day each week over seven weeks, to avoid a possible detox reaction from toxin release. If you get toxin release reactions, like flu-like symptoms or re-experiencing the effects of drugs taken in the past, stop taking MSM until the problems subside, then you can build up slowly again. Although the typical dose of pure MSM is a total of 4,000 mg/day, combination products with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate often only have 500 mg/day of MSM, because the sulfates provide some sulfur, however not a total of 4,000 mg/day. Because of the possible complications from high doses of MSM, the combination products are less troublesome than 4,000 mg/day of MSM, but have fewer benefits than 4,000 mg/day of MSM.

MSM is often packaged in combination with chondroitin and glucosamine, the combinations are available in liquid form and capsule form, the liquid form is generally cheaper. For pure MSM, the bulk powder is the cheapest form. Ultrapure MSM flakes are claimed to be more bioavailable. Liquid combination products include Wellesse - Joint Movement Glucosamine Chondroitin Liquid for Joint Health and Flexibility, and Vitacost - Liquid Glucosamine Chondroitin and OptiMSM Orange. Capsule combination products include Life Extension - 3 in 1 Joint Formula, and Vitacost - Doctor's Best Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM. Bulk powder products include Life Extension - MSM - 907 grams, and EvolutionHealth.com - MSM Powder - 454 g. Ultrapure MSM flake products include NaturoDoc - SuperSulfur Crystals - 454 g, and Organic Sulfur - Bioavailable MSM - 454 g.

The sulfur in MSM is necessary for collagen and keratin synthesis, required for healthy skin, hair and nails. Sulfur is an activator of vitamin A, C, D, and E, thiamine, biotin, pantothenic acid, selenium, calcium, germanium, collagnol and dismuzyme. Sulfur is used by the liver to manufacture bile. MSM helps control acidity in the stomach, so it can help ulcers. MSM coats the intestinal tract so parasites lose their ability to hang on and are then flushed away. Energy levels increase with MSM because it make cell walls more permeable. Because sulfur is a component of insulin, MSM can raise insulin production if there is insufficient sulfur in the diet. MSM can help control chronic constipation. MSM can relieve allergies. With MSM, women who have had monthly menstruation problems often no longer experience the headaches, cramps or muscle plain associated with their periods.

MSM enables tissues to release toxins that have built up over the years. Sulfur is a vital part of the waste management system, and without enough tissues are unable to release some toxins. Taking too much MSM at the beginning may cause the body to release too much waste at one time for the kidneys and liver to handle. This waste in the blood stream can cause problems ranging from flu-like symptoms to re-experiencing the effects of drugs taken in the past. The key to reducing detox symptoms is to start on MSM slowly so that the waste in the tissues is released slowly and to drink lots of water so that the released toxins will be quickly flushed out. MSM is also a blood thinner, and should not be taken with other blood thinners, such as aspirin, coumadin or warfarin. Also MSM interferes with the liver enzyme test; so if you are taking that test you should stop taking MSM four days before to avoid a false positive, afterwards you can resume taking MSM.

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  • Effectiveness: 6
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 4

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Silicon

Silicon aids bone and cartilage growth. The typical supplementation dose is 2 bioavailable mg/day. However, typical bioavailable consumption is 11 bio mg/day, so the typical supplementation dose should be at least the same.

Silicon aids bone and cartilage growth. Bones need silicon to recalcify and strengthen bone, a silicon deficiency causes a calcium deficiency which, in turn, results in a loss of tissue elasticity. Silicon is required in the body's connective tissue, including cartilage, vascular lining, tendons, ligaments, and hair. Silicon is also found in the thymus gland, the adrenal glands, the liver, the spleen, and the pancreas. Silicon has been used to alleviate eczema and psoriasis. Silicon is essential in maintaining the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability of the arteries, thereby regulating blood pressure. Silicon helps the body eliminate aluminium, which is a causative factor in certain forms of senility, including Alzheimers disease.

Bioavailability measured in the "The comparative absorption of silicon.." study, based on urinary silicon excretion, was highest for monomethylsilanetriol (MMST) and alcohol-free beer at 64 %, followed by green beans at 44 %, orthosilicic acid (OSA) at 43 %, choline stabilized orthosilicic acid (ChOSA) at 17 %, bananas and magnesium trisilicate mixture British Pharmacopoeia (MTBP) at 4 % and colloidal silica (CS) at 1 %. Bioavailability measured in the "Dietary silicon intake and absorption" study was highest for mineral waters at around 65 %, followed by grains and grain products (rice, breakfast cereals, breads, and pasta) at 49 %, green string beans and raisins at around 40 % and the mean of all vegetables and fruit at 21 %.

Bamboo extract is colloidal silica and so also has a low bioavailability. Because of the different bioavailabilities, concentrations and quanties, the price per bioavailable milligram varies widely. Because colloidal silica and bamboo extract have low bioavailabilities, they end up being more expensive per bioavailable milligram than organic silicon products and are therefore not recommended. Horsetail has some nicotine so it is also not recommended.

The two most popular supplement forms of organic silicon are MMST, and ChOSA. The Regenerative Nutrition - Organic Silicon - 2,500 mg costs 37 USD, has 2,500 mg of silicon in the form of MMST, gives 1,600 mg of bioavailable silicon, and costs 0.023 USD/bio mg. The Center for Holistic Medicine - Organic Silica Liquid - 500 mg costs 39 USD, has 500 mg of silicon in the form of MMST, gives 320 mg of bioavailable silicon, and costs 0.12 USD/bio mg. The Vitamin Shoppe - Biosil - 600 mg costs 24 USD, has 600 mg of silicon in the form ChOSA, gives 102 mg of bioavailable silicon, and costs 0.24 USD/bio mg. The Life Extension - Biosil - 600 mg costs 30 USD, has 600 mg of silicon in the form ChOSA, gives 102 mg of bioavailable silicon, and costs 0.29 USD/bio mg. The LuckyVitamin.com - Orgono Living Silica - 200 mg costs 50 USD, has 200 mg of silicon in the form of MMST, gives 128 mg of bioavailable silicon, and costs 0.39 USD/bio mg.

The food with the highest amount of bioavailable silicon is oat bran, with 24 mg of silicon/100 g, about 12 bio mg/100 g. However, it has mild adverse effects in people with gluten sensitivity. The gluten free foods with the highest amount of bioavailable silicon are green or French beans, with 8.7 mg of silicon/100 g, about 3.6 bio mg/kg.

An inexpensive way to get silicon is to take one tablespoon of food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) mixed in water each day, away from food. The diatomaceous earth must be food grade guaranteed to have less than 0.5% crystalline silica, not filter grade sometimes called pool grade, because filter grade diatomaceous earth destroys the digestive system and because breathing in dust from filter grade diatomaceous earth causes silicosis. Because there is a tiny amount of crystalline silica dust even in food grade diatomaceous earth, you must be careful not to breathe in dust from diatomaceous earth. To be really safe, you can pour water into the container of diatomaceous earth, to turn the powder to mud; once it is a mud, there is no dust, so no risk of silicosis. Then use that mud as you would use the powder, putting it into water or juice, and stirring it vigorously to mix it into the liquid. Because it starts out as a mud, rather than a powder, it takes more stirring to mix it into the liquid, however, the safety is worth the extra work. Besides providing silicon to the body, diatomaceous earth also cleanses the colon by abrading away deposits and biofilms. Food grade diatomaceous earth products include Earthworks Health - Diatomaceous Earth 4 - 2.5 lb. Gallon Jugs, More Than Alive - Bulk Herbs: Diatomaceous Earth - Food Grade Powder - 50 lb, and GardenHarvestSupply.com - Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade - 5 lb bag. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be also found at some pet food stores.

Another way to get silicon is through water. Some mineral waters have high concentrations of silicon, in general the harder the water, the higher the silicon content. Silicon rich mineral waters include Vitiblu - 44 mg/L, Fiji Water - 39 mg/L, and Spritzer - 32 mg/l. Silicon rich waters often list silica content rather than silicon content, in those cases to calculate how much silicon there is multiply the silica content by the molar mass of silicon over the molar mass of silica, 28 / 60 = 0.47. A way to make your own silicon water is to add a tablespoon full of food grade diatomaceous earth to four liters of water and allow the diatomaceous earth to settle to the bottom, which may take a few days initially. Then pour the water you intend to drink from the top of the container, being careful not to disturb the diatomaceous earth on the bottom. Refill the container with water, and allow it to settle out again. A tablespoon full of diatomaceous earth should last several years if it is not poured off in the water.

There are no known adverse effects from silicon rich water or organic silicon, the only problem is the cost. The choline in choline stabilized orthosilicic acid has some potential adverse effects, including increased body temperature, excessive sweating, increased salivation, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dizziness, hypotension and abnormal electrocardiogram results. Decreasing the amount of choline consumed will resolve these adverse effects.

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  • Effectiveness: 6
  • Availability: 3
  • Safety: 5

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C at a high blood concentration treats arthritis. The best way of achieving a high blood concentration of vitamin C is with a liposomal form of vitamin C, which is more bioavailable than regular vitamin C, like Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, from Livon Laboratories. With the liposomal form of vitamin C, 3 to 6 packets (each with 1,000 mg of vitamin C) a day, divided into three doses a day, will achieve a high blood concentration of vitamin C. A high blood concentration can also be achieved with intravenous vitamin C, but that can only be done in a clinic and there are many potential intravenous therapy adverse effects.

Vitamin C is required for the proper syntheses and maintenance of high-quality collagen protein, which makes up about a third of the body's protein content. It is deprivation of vitamin C, with the consequent synthesis of poor quality collagen or no synthesis at all, which brings on the most distressing bone and joint effects of clinical scurvy.

For best results when taking liposomal vitamin C, mix it with a beverage, drink on an empty stomach, and wait at least 15 minutes before eating. When taking liposomal vitamin C, the consumption of carbohydrates (especially refined sugar) must be limited, because carbohydrates impair oral absorption of this vitamin. It may be possible to make liposomal vitamin C at home with an ultrasonic cleaner; however, the amount that ends up encapsulated is unknown and the blood concentration achieved is also unknown.

A high blood concentration can also be achieved with many (usually six or more) large doses (two grams each or more) of vitamin C per day, however, it is inconvenient to take many doses and there is a large chance of adverse effects like diarrhea. A good form of oral vitamin C is sodium ascorbate. Vitamin C should not be taken with blood thinners, such as aspirin, coumadin or warfarin. Low doses of vitamin C have little or no effect.

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  • Effectiveness: 8
  • Availability: 2
  • Safety: 4

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Broccoli

Broccoli treats arthritis, mainly by blocking an enzyme that triggers inflammation and joint pain. To get the full healing power of broccoli it should not be cooked, because heating destroys the beneficial broccoli enzymes.

A team from Johns Hopkins university found that sulforaphane, which is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy and Brussels sprouts, boosts the activity of beneficial phase 2 enzymes that prevent the activation of the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme which triggers inflammation, pain and kills chondrocytic cells. Broccoli sprouts have more than 50 times the amount of sulforaphane than found in mature broccoli. Sulforaphane also destroys bacteria, like Helicobacter pylori, which often cause stomach ulcers and other ailments.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 5

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Carrots

Carrots treat arthritis, partly by providing enormous amounts of vitamin A. Carrots can be eaten raw or juiced. Carrots are great as a base for juicing whatever else you want to include in your fresh vegetable juice. Carrots and other vegetables should be juiced without overheating them, because that would destroy the enzymes. A slow speed masticating juicer will make healthy juice without overheating. A typical amount of carrot juice for eliminating arthritis is 500 mL (2 cups) a day. Once the pain is gone, 100 grams/day of carrots or the resulting juice, along with other foods and supplements, should be enough to keep the arthritis from returning.

Carrots have vitamin A, beta carotenes, lutein, polyacetylene antioxidants falcarindiol and falcarinol, B vitamins, folates, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Vitamin A toxicity is possible with vitamin supplements and fish oils, but you can not overdose on vitamin A with carrots. Carrot polyacetylenes are also anti-inflammatories, and they have anti-aggregatory properties, preventing red blood cells from clumping together.

Purple carrots have about 30 times higher anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant levels than orange carrots, so they should be a more powerful treatment. Purple carrot seed products include The Cottage Gardener - Dragon Carrot, and Bountiful Gardens - Carrot, Dragon Purple.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 5

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Cherries

Cherries treats arthritis, especially gout. The typical dose is 225 g/day. Eve Campanelli recommends using cherries which have been kept cool and moist, and which have a deep maroon, mahogany, red, or black color. She recommends avoiding cherries of the following kind: those that are shriveled, with dried stems, soft flesh, brown discolorations, or a dull appearance.

Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties and are a rich source of phytochemicals like anthocyanins. Cherry anthocyanins make inflammation subside. Anthocyanins are also powerful antioxidants that protect tissues from free radical oxidative damage. Anthocyanins also lower serum uric-acid levels to normal, thereby preventing most attacks of gout. Eating cherries increases melatonin levels. Melatonin is required to induce sleep and so cherries can be useful in alleviating sleep disorders. Furthermore melatonin suppresses cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which plays a role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease where it does damage, yet augments COX-2 in situations where it's needed, such as healing stomach ulcers. The anthocyanins give cherries their color, and in general, tart cherries and dark cherries have more anthocyanins.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 5

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Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate treats arthritis, and is a basic building block of connective tissue, like cartilage. The typical dosing schedule for glucosamine is 500 mg by mouth three times daily, for a total of 1,500 mg/day. For people who weigh more than 91 kg (200 pounds), the dosage should be 50% higher, so 750 mg three times daily, for a total of 2,250 mg/day Glucosamine hydrochloride has not produced consistent results in human trials. N-acetyl glucosamine is another form on the market, but because it is rapidly digested by intestinal bacteria, not enough of it can reach the joints to be effective for treating arthritis. The sulfur in glucosamine sulfate is itself useful in treating arthritis, that's part of the reason glucosamine sulfate is the best known form of glucosamine for treating arthritis.

Glucosamine takes time to work, so it may be necessary to take it for three to six months before noticing results. MayoClinic.com has rated the effectiveness of glucosamine sulfate as “A” for the treatment of mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, “B” for the treatment of general osteoarthritis, and “C” grade for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Glucosamine is available in liquid form and capsule form, the liquid form is generally cheaper. Chondroitin sulfate and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are also useful for arthritis, so it is more convenient and probably cheaper overall to buy a product which has glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin and MSM. Liquid products include Wellesse - Joint Movement Glucosamine Chondroitin Liquid for Joint Health and Flexibility, and Vitacost - Liquid Glucosamine Chondroitin and OptiMSM Orange. Capsule products include Life Extension - Glucosamine Sulfate - 750 mg, Life Extension - 3 in 1 Joint Formula, and GNC - Glucosamine 750/Chondroitin 600.

Glucosamine is made by chondrocyte cells within joint capsules. The body uses supplemented glucosamine to synthesize proteoglycans and water-binding glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the cartilage matrix. Glucosamine and its byproducts also contribute to the viscosity of the synovial joint fluid. The presence of glucosamine stimulates the chondrocytes in their production of these substances. Glucosamine also inhibits certain enzymes, such as collagenase and phospholipase, which destroy cartilage. Glucosamine relieves symptoms even for weeks after termination of the treatment. A cause of osteoarthritis is the decline of glucosamine production, which is often pronounced by the age of 50.

The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that glucosamine occasionally causes minor side effects such as stomach upset, heartburn, bloating and diarrhea. Further, because glucosamine sulfate is derived from shellfish, people with shellfish allergies should use other forms. Glucosamine might also increase insulin resistance, so diabetics should be careful.

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  • Effectiveness: 5
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 4

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Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate treats arthritis, and is a basic building block of connective tissue, like cartilage. The typical dosing schedule for chondroitin is 600 mg by mouth twice daily, for a total of 1,200 mg/day. Chondroitin like glucosamine acts by building cartilage and therefore takes time to work, so it may be necessary to take it for three to six months before noticing results.

Chondroitin is usually packaged in combination with glucosamine. Chondroitin and glucosamine is available in liquid form and capsule form, the liquid form is generally cheaper. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is also useful for arthritis, so it is more convenient and probably cheaper overall to buy a product which has chondroitin, glucosamine sulfate and MSM. Liquid products include Wellesse - Joint Movement Glucosamine Chondroitin Liquid for Joint Health and Flexibility, and Vitacost - Liquid Glucosamine Chondroitin and OptiMSM Orange. Capsule products include Life Extension - Chondroitin Sulfate Concentrate - 400 mg, Life Extension - 3 in 1 Joint Formula, and GNC - Glucosamine 750/Chondroitin 600.

Chondroitin sulfate is a large molecule, composed of repeated units of glucosamine sulfate, and is a major component of cartilage. Like glucosamine, chondroitin stimulates the production of cartilage, and has the ability to prevent enzymes from dissolving cartilage. Chondroitin inhibits free radicals that degrade joint cartilage and collagen. It improves blood circulation to joints, which enables antioxidants and glucosamine to enter inflamed joints to stimulate the repair process.

The University of Maryland Medical Center cautions that some people experience a mild upset stomach during use. The Mayo Clinic indicates that though rare, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, gastrointestinal pain, headaches, motor uneasiness, euphoria, and edema have been noted. Also it can raise blood pressure, which could result in a hypertensive state. Further, because chondroitin sulfate is derived from shellfish, people with shellfish allergies should use other forms.

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  • Effectiveness: 5
  • Availability: 4
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Copper

Copper treats arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation. The typical supplementation dose is 2 mg/day. The total treatment dose is 3 mg/day, and the typical US diet provides 1 mg/day, giving the typical supplementation dose of 2 mg/day. The supplementation should ideally be from food.

Copper containing enzymes include superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and lysyl oxidase, which helps produce connective tissue such as collagen and elastin. Also copper compounds are effective fungicides. Copper deficiency symptoms include anemia, bone disorders, a defective spinal cord, hernias, hair greying, hair becoming fine and straight, infertility, wrinkling skin; weak connective tissue as evidenced by heart problems such as enlarged heart, weak aorta with holes and ruptures, aneurisms, and varicose veins.

Copper rich foods include liver, seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and squash), oysters (steamed wild eastern, then wild, and finally farm raised), nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts), calamari, and lobster. For copper supplements, because the amount of copper required is tiny, and because copper reduces the absorption of zinc and molybdenum, it is best to get copper in combination with other minerals, with a ratio of one part copper to roughly fifteen parts zinc. Supplements with zinc, copper and molybdenum include Life Extension - Only Trace Minerals and Natural Vitamin Direct - Chelated Multiminerals Iron Free. Of the two the Life Extension - Only Trace Minerals generally has higher quantities of each element.

Getting copper from food is reasonably safe, partly because copper rich food is usually also rich in zinc. However, excess copper from supplements without extra zinc may lead to adverse effects such as cancer, and yeast infections. People with Wilson’s disease must not take additional copper. Copper bracelets give a widely varying amount of copper, so they should not be used because they often give too little copper which means they have no effect, or too much copper in which case they will also have adverse effects. A small proportion of people do happen to absorb enough copper from bracelets to get a benefit; however those people would get that benefit from copper rich food or supplementation anyways, without the possibility of adverse effects. Overall, copper is best obtained from food.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 4

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Meditation

Meditation reduces the psychological distress of arthritis. In the study examining Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for arthritis, the MBSR group achieved a 35 percent reduction in psychological distress, but there was no improvement on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity, measured by the DAS-28, which takes into account number of tender or swollen joints, a blood measure of inflammation, and the patient's own report of disease status. There are no risks in the use of meditation.

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  • Effectiveness: 2
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Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes treat arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation and dissolving fibrous scar tissue. A typical dosage for chronic illness is on the label. The Life Extension - Zywobin-Forte dosage is 4 capsules a day. The ModernHerbalist.com - Wobenzym-N dosage is 6 capsules a day.

For full effect, the proteolytic enzymes must contain pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, papain and bromelain. Some doctors recommend taking half of the proteolytic enzymes away from meals if it's being used therapeutically. This frees up the enzymes from digesting foods to perform other healthy functions.

Adverse effects with high doses of porcine-based pancreatic enzyme therapy are intestinal gas, occasional bloating, and occasional indigestion. People with sensitivity to pineapple, may be sensitive to bromelain. People who are allergic to bee sting may have a similar reaction to bromelain.

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  • Effectiveness: 7
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Zinc

Zinc treats arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation. The typical supplementation dose is 15 mg/day. The total treatment dose is 25 mg/day, and the typical US diet provides 10 mg/day, giving the typical supplementation dose of 15 mg/day. The supplementation should ideally be from food.

Zinc is a key component of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn SOD). Zinc is necessary for strong bones, healthy skin, thymus gland function, spermatogenesis, wound healing, resistance to cancer and resistance to infections, especially viral infections. Zinc deficiency is associated with higher infant mortality, impaired growth in children, delays in sexual maturation, infertility, lethargy, numerous diseases, diarrhea, anemia and DNA damage.

Zinc rich foods include oysters (highest in steamed wild eastern), wheat germ, liver, seeds (sesame, pumpkin, and squash, watermelon), nutritional yeast, beef, lamb, and peanuts. For zinc supplements, because the amount of zinc required is tiny, and because zinc reduces the absorption of copper which in turn should be taken with molybdenum, it is best to get zinc in combination with other minerals. Supplements with zinc, copper and molybdenum include Life Extension - Only Trace Minerals and Natural Vitamin Direct - Chelated Multiminerals Iron Free. Of the two the Life Extension - Only Trace Minerals generally has higher quantities of each element.

Getting zinc from food is reasonably safe, partly because zinc rich food is usually also rich in copper. Zinc has a tolerable upper limit of 40 mg/day, taking more than that risks headache, nausea, vomiting, copper deficiency, fatigue, fever, chills, weakened immune system and anemia. The diuretic medication amiloride can reduce the amount of zinc excreted from your body, which means taking zinc supplements could lead to toxic levels. If you have liver or kidney disease, it is important to talk to your health care provider because doses recommended for general use might not apply to you.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 5
  • Safety: 4

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera treats arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation. The typical treatment dose of aloe vera juice is 200 ml/day.

Products which contain some aloe vera juice are widely available, however, companies can claim 100% aloe vera juice if they add only one tablespoon of 100% aloe vera juice to a gallon of water. Additionally, companies can claim their product to be cold processed if they use High Temperature Short Time (HTST) processing. Juices with properly processed aloe vera include Global Healing Center - Aloe Vera Juice: 100% Organic - Cold Processed, and GoodCauseWellness.com - Aloe Vera100 Drink Mix.

Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory compunds such as bradykininase, salicylates, phytosteroids and vitamins A, B, C and E. Aloe vera also has cinnamic acid, an antifungal and antiparasitic, and acemannan, an antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal. Overall, aloe vera helps treat most types of infections.

Aloe vera may lower blood sugar, so those with diabetes should be cautious when taking it orally. Aloe vera can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and electrolyte imbalances.

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  • Effectiveness: 4
  • Availability: 3
  • Safety: 4

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Bromelain

Bromelain treats arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation and dissolving fibrous scar tissue. A dose of 50 mg/day may prevent arthritis, the protective effect increases with dosage and the best results occur when bromelain is given in doses above 500 mg/day. Bromelain is relatively nontoxic, and doses of up to 2,000 mg/day have been used. Most commercial products contain 500 mg of bromelain, manufacturers suggest a dosage regimen of 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Some doctors recommend taking half of the bromelain away from meals if it's being used therapeutically. This frees up the digestive enzymes from digesting foods to perform other healthy functions.

Bromelain is usually extracted from pineapple stems and sometimes from the fruit. People with sensitivity to pineapple, may be sensitive to bromelain. People who are allergic to bee sting may have a similar reaction to bromelain. Bromelain acts as a blood thinner and little is known about how bromelain interacts with blood-thinning drugs, people should avoid combining such drugs with bromelain in order to reduce the theoretical risk of excessive bleeding. Bromelain may also increase the heart rate.

Bromelain is just one of several proteolytic enzymes used to treat arthritis. The full proteolytic enzyme treatment requires pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, papain and bromelain, as described in the proteolytic enzymes section, and is more powerful and expensive than bromelain alone.

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  • Effectiveness: 4
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Iodine

Iodine helps prevent oxidative stress that leads to arthritis. The typical Japanese consumption, which has a high intake of iodine from seaweed, is 2 mg/day. The supplementation should ideally be from food.

Iodine also kills microorganisms and parasites, calms the body, increases energy, increases focus and concentration, helps to produce stomach acid, and increases the ability to sweat. Iodine also helps the body excrete toxic elements like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, fluorine, and bromine, and toxic compounds like perchlorates. Iodine deficiency symptoms include hypothyroidism, brain fog, hormonal imbalances, hoarseness, poor short term memory, immune system dysfunction, acid reflux, chronic constipation, cold intolerance, excess phlegm, hypertension, heart arrythmias, fatigue, chronic headaches, weight gain, fibrocystic breasts, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility, menstrual cramps, vaginal infections, and dry skin, mouth and eyes.

Seaweed is the food richest in iodine. Kelp are large seaweeds belonging to the brown algae (class Phaeophyceae). The concentration of iodine in kelp varies widely, Undaria kelp has 0.049 mg/g, and Green Bay kelp has 2.2 mg/g, and some kelp flakes have as much as 8 mg/g. Japanese kombu (Laminaria) has 2.4 mg/g, wakame (Undaria) has 0.042 mg/g, and nori has 0.016 mg/g. When kombu is boiled in water for 15 minutes it can lose up to 99% of its iodine content, while boiled sargassum loses around 40%. The seaweed consumption in Japan is about 5 grams per day. Because the concentration of iodine varies in seaweeds, it is best to eat a few different varities of seaweed to get enough iodine without overdosing. Supplements include Lugol's Solution, Potassium Iodide (SSKI), Povidone Iodine (PVP-I), and Iodoral.

High iodine intake can cause health problems in people with pre-existing thyroid disorders. Transient hypothyroidism and iodine induced goiter is common in Japan and can be reversed in most cases by restricting iodine intake. For some conditions, and for some patients who do not respond to the typical Japanese consumption, doses of 50 to 100 mg of iodine per day are used; however, such large doses should only be used with careful supervision to ensure that the patient does not develop thyroid problems.

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  • Effectiveness: 2
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Molybdenum

Molybdenum breaks down drugs and toxins, which would otherwise lead to inflammation. The typical treatment dose is 300 mcg/day. Molybdenum supplementation should be combined with copper and zinc.

Molybdenum works with xanthine oxidase and aldehyde oxidase, which support the metabolism of drugs and toxins.

Molybdenum rich foods include lima beans with 8 mcg/g by dry weight, small white beans with 5 mcg/g, yellow split peas, red beans and oatmeal with 2 mcg/g, and breads, pasta, rice and cereals with between 0.2 and 1 mcg/g. Most vegetables, fruits, meats and milk products have less than 0.1 mcg of molybdenum per gram. For molybdenum supplements, because the amount of molybdenum required is tiny, and because molybdenum reduces the absorption of copper which in turn should be taken with zinc, it is best to get molybdenum in combination with other minerals. Supplements with molybdenum, copper and zinc include Life Extension - Only Trace Minerals and Natural Vitamin Direct - Chelated Multiminerals Iron Free.

Because molybdenum reduces the absorption of copper, it is best to get molybdenum in combination with copper and zinc. If molydenum is being obtained from food, sesame seeds have a lot of copper, and zinc rich foods include liver and yeast.

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  • Effectiveness: 2
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Vitamin B

The vitamin B complex treats arthritis, mainly by reducing inflammation and tissue swelling. The typical treatment dose for vitamin B is several times higher than the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Vitamin B supplements have different ingredient proportions. A good supplement should have at least 10 mg of thiamin (vitamin B1), 10 mg of riboflavin (vitamin B2), 40 mg of niacin (vitamin B3), 10 mg of vitamin B6, 400 mcg of folic acid (vitamin B9), and 25 mcg of vitamin B12. Because of the potential side effects, the dose should be started at a quarter the treatment dose, then increased over three weeks to reach the treatment dose. Food sources of vitamin B are better because they include the entire vitamin B complex, and they are less likely to have adverse effects. Food sources may not have as high a quantity of some subgroups as supplements, but because they include the entire complex, they are effective even in smaller quantities.

The vitamin B complex contains many subgroups, there is no one food which contains a high amount of the entire complex, so to get the high amounts of vitamin B it is necessary to take at least two high vitamin B foods. Foods which have vitamin B include liver, rice polish, brewer's yeat, nutritional yeast, seafood, meat, whole grain cereals, and aloe vera.

Vitamin B supplements include Life Extension - Complete Vitamin B Complex, and Holland and Barrett - Complete B Vitamin B Complex. Most vitamin B complexes have roughly the same amount of ingredients as the Holland and Barrett product. However, the Life Extension product has far higher doses of some vitamins, for example it has 10 times as much thiamin, 7 times as much riboflavin, 8 times as much niacin, 7 times as much vitamin B6, and 40 times as much vitamin B12. Overall, because of the enormous amount of vitamins in the Life Extension complex, by quantity it ends up being cheaper than typical products.

When the vitamin B complex is used together, the vitamins work at their peak. The vitamin B complex reduces inflammation and tissue swelling. Vitamin B3 dilates small arteries. Vitamin B5 is required for the body to make its own corticosteroids, and may improve the body's calcium balance. Vitamin B6 shrinks the synovial membranes of weight bearing joints. Vitamin B12 helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, and nerve protection.

There are rare reports of allergic reaction and anaphylaxis from thiamine, including anxiety, respiratory failure, abdominal pain and shock. More than 100 mg of niacin a day can lead to flushed or irritated skin, itching, headaches, liver inflammation, irregular heartbeat, stomach ulcers, loss of vision, gout and death. For hemophiliacs, an overdose of vitamin B5 can lead to more bleeding. More than 500 mg a day of vitamin B6 may lead to numbness in the extremities, difficulty walking, vomiting, tingling, headache and loss of appetite. High doses of riboflavin may result in bright yellow urine, but this is harmless.

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  • Effectiveness: 6
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 1

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Honey and Cinnanmon

Raw honey with cinnamon treats arthritis, the combination is from Ayurvedic medicine. The typical dose is one tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Because cinnamon has possible adverse effects, it is best to start with a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, and if there are no adverse effects, increase the dose to half a teaspoon of cinnamon. You must only take true Ceylon cinnamon, not Cassia cinnamon which is an herb whose powder looks like Ceylon cinnamon powder and can be found on some store shelves labeled as cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon sticks are tan brown, fragile, composed of thin and paper-like textured bark that forms multiple layers when rolled up. Cassia cinnamon sticks are reddish dark brown, tough, composed of uneven thick bark that forms only a few layers when rolled up. For the honey use pure, raw unpasteurized honey because heating destroys some of the medicinal compounds. Local raw honey is excellent, a good packaged honey is manuka honey.

Honey has sugars, acids and enzymes, most of the medicinal benefits are from the enzymes, and a bit from the acids. The enzymes include catalase, diastase, glucose oxidase, inhibine, invertase, katalase, and phosphatase. The main medicinal acid is proline. Many of the enzymes, like diastase and invertase, are sensitive to heat and light which is why honey should never be heated above 43 Celcius (110 Farenheit). The medicinal ingredients in cinnamon include cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, cinnamyl alcohol, and methylhydroxychalcone polymer (MHCP).

Honey is safe at the typical dose, however cinnamon has possible adverse effects at even half a teaspoon. People with any prior condition of the digestive system such as an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome should be careful when eating cinnamon, more than half a teaspoon may cause the lining of the stomach to become irritated. Doses of more than half a teaspoon may increase heart rate, which is dangerous for those with heart conditions, and may damage kidneys. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, so if combined with diabetes medication it may cause blood glucose levels to dip too low, therefore diabetics should pay extra care to their glucose levels when first taking cinnamon. Cinnamon thins the blood, so it should not be taken in any situation where a lot of bleeding may occur, like before surgery, or during heavy menstruation. Some traditional practitioners will give a mother cinnamon in order to induce contractions, so pregnant women may want to avoid cinnamon. Overall, cinnamon has many possible side effects, so if you have any problem with cinnamon, do not take cinnamon. The honey alone still treats arthritis, although to a much lesser extent than honey and cinnamon.

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  • Effectiveness: 3
  • Availability: 4
  • Safety: 2

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DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)

DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) treats arthritis pain. The treatment dose for arthritis pain is 500 mg daily, taken on an empty stomach. Because DLPA is a stimulant, it is best to take it in the morning, or split between the morning and afternoon, so that it doesn't keep you awake at night. It takes two days to three weeks for DLPA to take effect.

DLPA products include Life Extension - D,L-Phenylalanine - 500 mg, and Holland and Barrett - DLPA - 500 mg.

DLPA is a mixture of both stereoisomers of the amino acid phenylalanine. The L form of phenylalanine, found in protein-rich foods, bolsters mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, specifically dopamine and nor-epinephrine. The D form is made synthetically, it appears to block a nervous system enzyme that amplifies pain signals. The DLPA combo is preferable to the pure L form, which has been associated with increases in blood pressure. DLPA can be an effective part of an overall program to beat the blues, increase mental alertness, improve focus and concentration. DLPA pain and mood elevating effects are useful for PMS and chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. DLPA relieves pain more effectively when combined with gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a sedating amino acid that also blocks pain signals in the brain.

Do not take DLPA if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare, inherited metabolism disorder (you would know this, everyone is tested for PKU at birth). The other potential adverse effects include anxiety, heartburn, nausea, headaches, restlessness, rapid heart beat, heart palpitations, and elevated blood pressure. For people with high blood pressure, doses should be started with very low amounts, such as 100 mg a day, and increased slowly under a doctor’s supervision. High doses of DLPA, above 1,500 mg/day, can exacerbate facial tics and other symptoms of tardive dyskinesia, a troubling movement disorder caused by long-term use of antipsychotic medicines, and cause numbness, tingling, or other signs of nerve damage. DLPA exerts some of its effects through the central nervous system, so it should not be taken with other antidepressants or nervous system stimulants without the supervision of a physician familiar with nutritional medicine. Overall, treatments to build tissue are reduce inflammation should be used first, if there is still pain remaining then DLPA could be tried.

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Unrated Treatment

The treatments listed below are unrated. Most can be done at home, some are only available at a clinic.

Disclaimer

The information presented is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.


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