Arthritis is reported to be the most common cause of disability and osteoarthritis the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the joints has worn away, leaving the bones to scrub against each other, causing pain with movement. A staggering number of people diagnosed with this excruciating condition report that it diminishes their quality of life.

A good, natural anti-inflammatory regimen that includes vitamins and minerals will help bring you relief from the painful symptoms of arthritis without the side effects of conventional pain relievers.

Turmeric

No pain relief article would be complete without the mention of this natural painkiller. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, found in turmeric, people suffering with inflammatory pain can find significant relief. Curcumin was able to decrease osteoarthritis joint pain even more effectively than drugs, in some studies. Curcumin is also a powerful protector since inhibits certain enzymes that destroy cartilage.

Boswellia

Since arthritis pain is caused by inflammation of the joints, use herbs that have potent anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties, like boswellia. Boswellia improves function and promotes blood circulation, making it a perfect remedy for arthritis pain.

A combination of turmeric and boswellia has shown exceptionally useful for osteoarthritis pain. One study revealed that participants taking boswellia daily for three months had a 90% reduction in pain.

Bromelain

Bromelain comes from pineapples, and studies have found it to have a surprising number of benefits, including pain relief. In fact, one study notes bromelain's potential as a safer alternative for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Bromelain reduced soft tissue swelling, pain, and joint stiffness in study participants. Coconut oil inhibits joint inflammation associated with arthritis, so there's your excuse to indulge in a healthy, tropical blend of flavors regularly.

Ginger

Ginger is another herb that can improve symptoms of arthritis and muscle pain. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, ginger reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. The essential oil can be massaged directly onto the area of pain for a soothing effect.

Note: Ginger, bromelain, boswellia, and turmeric work harmoniously to relieve pain and inflammation, so opt for a supplement that contains all four.

Black Cohosh

The aspirin-like effect of black root cohosh, combined with its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, make it a useful remedy without the side effects of aspirin. Black root cohosh can be taken as a supplement or as a tea. The tea is made with one teaspoon of the root per one cup of boiling water.

Wintergreen

The wintergreen plant is used medicinally to treat arthritis. It's pain-killing properties come from the methyl-salicylate found within the aromatic plant. Two teaspoons of wintergreen leaves are boiled in one cup of water, then strained and drank to prevent and relieve flare ups.

MSM (Organic Sulfur)

Take Methylsulfonylmethane -- MSM for short, or simply organic sulfur -- for improved physical function and pain relief. Participants in a study took three grams of organic sulfur twice daily and reported improvements in function and pain relief.

Organic sulfur is available in the form of crystals that can be dissolved in beverages or taken in supplement form.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin, an extremely powerful antioxidant, may be a promising remedy for relieving joint and muscle pain.

Horsetail

Horsetail has anti-arthritis and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains the trace mineral silicon, which is vital for the production and maintenance of connective tissue; and it could help maintain bone mass.

Potato Juice

Potatoes have a positive effects on your muscles, joints, and more, but the juice also eases joint pain. Raw potato juice is high in minerals that are important for joint and cartilage health.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is useful for improving virtually any health condition and arthritis is no exception. This highly nutritious plant can be used to make an arthritis remedy tea. The alfalfa is boiled in water for 30 minutes and the strained liquid is drank throughout the day for a repeated cycle of two weeks, stopping for one week and repeating the process the next.

Amino Acids

The amino acids DL-phenylalanine (DLPA) and S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) block arthritis pain and inflammation. SAM-e helps with the formation of collage and some people find it effective for joint pain.

Chondroitin & Glucosamine

Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin are naturally occurring substances found in healthy joints. They're required to maintain healthy cartilage. Many people with arthritis have a deficiency in these substances, but they can be taken as supplements for symptom relief.

Chondroitin and glucosamine may slow the progression of osteoarthritis while relieving bone and joint pain. Some people who take chondroitin HSL and glucosamine report improvements in their joint mobility.

Bone broth is often used in the management of arthritis symptoms. It's full of vitamins and minerals required for healthy collagen, joints, and cartilage.

Vitamins

Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like kale, berries, and artichoke for their anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting effects. Foods high in vitamin C, like broccoli and kiwi, help with collagen and connective tissue repair. Up your zinc and vitamin D intake to possibly enhance collagen production and include a good source of vitamin E into the mix to further block joint pain.

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