arthritis

The Toe Knows! Low selenium in toenails may point to arthritis risk

Insufficient levels of selenium in the body may be associated with a higher frequency of knee osteoarthritis, according to new research. Past studies have indicated that, in a particular area of China, severe shortages of selenium in the body may lead to early-onset...

Arthritis Protection: High vitamin C levels can keep arthritis away

A high vitamin C intake may protect against the development of painful widespread rheumatoid arthritis, report researchers. The findings are based on 23,000 men and women taking part in the ongoing European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC). All were aged...

Arthritis Awareness: Vitamin D may play important role

Getting more vitamin D appears to improve muscle strength and physical function for vitamin D-deficient patients with knee osteoarthritis, say researchers. Previous studies have linked low vitamin D with a greater risk for severity of knee osteoarthritis; however,...

Natural Anti-inflammatory: Devil’s claw equally effective as drugs

The herb devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a traditional south African anti-inflammatory remedy for pain and has been used in Europe to relieve pain from osteoarthritis over the past 50 years. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Freiburg,...

Mobility Mineral? Taking zinc lowers risk for arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system disease in which the body attacks its own joint tissue, leading to pain, swelling and limited motion. Many research studies show that dietary choices can have a significant effect on the severity of the disease. According to a...

Omega-3 oils ease arthritis, slow cancer

Essential fatty acids are critical to good health. From brain function and depression to heart health and skin care, the body truly benefits from sufficient fatty acids in the diet. Recent research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial in the...

Joint Benefits: ease arthritis naturally

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of physical disability among adults. By the year 2030, an estimated 20% of North Americans will be over 65 and at risk for the condition. Fortunately, there is a growing acceptance in the health care community and the...

Devil’s claw quickly eases muscle pain

Devil’s claw is an herbal remedy commonly used to relieve the pain of arthritis. It has both analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties. In a recent clinical trial, German researchers gave devil’s claw extract to 130 patients with back pain. The...

Antioxidants ease arthritis symptoms

Antioxidants are now known to benefit several “aging conditions,” including heart disease, cataracts and poor immunity. According to two recent studies, people with arthritis may also benefit from these free radical-fighting nutrients, which include selenium, an...