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Have You Tried Nutrition for your Aches and Pains?

Throughout the centuries, many health claims have been made about the influence food and nutrition has on arthritic symptoms.  Some of these claims are based on scientific evidence, some folklore.

Even without the scientific backing, some of the nutritional ideas make sense and are worth considering:

Weight control

  • There is lots of evidence supporting the fact that being overweight provides a major risk factor for osteoarthritis
  • Weight loss has been shown to reduce stress on joints
  • Maintaining a desirable weight can decrease the risk of developing the disease

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Inflammation is a major factor in rheumatoid arthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis occurs as a result of a miscommunication in the body.  It is where the body’s immune system mistakenly launches an attack on the joints.

Clinical studies show that there are benefits who embark on a course of fish oil capsules rich in omega fatty acids, show relief from some symptoms.

It is important to speak to your health care professional in order to determine if fish oils would be helpful to you and which brand would be of a good quality.

Saturated and Trans Fats

Some studies have suggested that there is a link between chronic inflammation and saturated fats and trans fats which are found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils which are found in certain foods.

The monounsaturated fats such as olive oil seem less likely to increase inflammation.

Vitamin D

Recent research studies have link a low serum level of vitamin D with increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

The current recommendation is for adults to get 600-800 IU per day.  Many experts advise 1000 IU per day.

Not many foods are particularly rich in vitamin D.  However, butter, oily fish, fortified milk and orange juice contain some levels of vitamin D.

The best way to get vitamin D is through the sun.  10-15 minutes per day of exposure without sunscreen and before 12 is the best way in which to get those rays.

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