Joint Health

Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term referring to inflammation of the joint capsule, causing pain and stiffness. It is differentiated into two complaints: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

An auto-immune condition where the immune system attacks the cells that create the protective inner lining of the joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis (or R.A) is characterised by stiffness in the morning, or after a period of inactivity where the joints stiffen up. The affected area can feel hot to the touch and may be red and angry looking.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear to the joint, causing damage to the protective layer of tissue that cushions the joint on impact and movement. This means it feels worse at the end of the day or after a period of use or exercise. Swelling is less likely and heat, such as a hot compress or hot bath, can ease the pain.

Osteoporosis

One of the roles of the steroid hormones are to be anabolic, or build up tissue. In women, this role is mostly carried out by oestrogen. As the levels of this hormone decline after menopause the bone tissue may begin to regenerate more slowly. This leads to the spaces within the bone tissue, present in all bones, to become larger and so the bone itself is more brittle and prone to breaking.

Nature’s answer to Joint Health problems

Glucosamine Sulphate, taken regularly can help to rebuild joint tissue. It usually takes a period of 6 weeks for improvement to become evident. Production of lubrication fluid within the joint that cushions movement can be increased through ensuring the body is hydrated from the inside, which means that levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the body are adequate. Examples of these acids are Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 which can be supplemented in the diet through taking fish oils, or certain plant oils such as Flaxseed or Starflower.

In cases of osteoarthritis, Phyto-oestrogens, which are plant hormones very similar in structure to human oestrogen, may help. These are present in soy products but also herbs such as Red Clover and Hops.