Osteoarthritis is also known by the names degenerative arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Degenerative arthritis refers to the abnormal mechanical properties of a joint that lead to the destruction and breakdown of joint cartilage and bones. Degenerative joint disease can be caused by genetic, developmental, metabolic alterations, mechanical stresses, nutritional deficiencies, and hereditary inefficiencies. Osteoarthritis can be accompanied by other conditions, such as diabetes, inflammatory disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme’s Disease and Gout), obesity, trauma, and blood disorders. There are many nutrients, vitamins, and herbs that can provide relief for osteoarthritis patients. While peer-reviewed literature may sometimes show conflicting results when comparing nutritional or herbal therapies, clinical results demonstrate the overwhelming effectiveness of supporting natural biological processes that are dependent on micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
- Glucosamine Sulfate: Glucosamine is used to stimulate the repair of damaged cartilage. Although it is not known to interact with anti-inflammatory medications, some companies may process their glucosamine with sodium chloride. This can adversely affect a person’s symptoms.
- Vitamin C – Iron – Alpha-ketoglutaric acid: These substances are necessary for the hydroxylation L-proline to L hydroxyproline, which is required for quality collagen production. These nutrients can be found in chard and spinach, as well as bell peppers, papaya, kale, papaya and bell peppers.
- Manganese: Manganese, a trace mineral, is important for tissue repair such as skin, bone and cartilage. Manganese is essential for the natural production and use of superoxide dismutase, a powerful antioxidant enzyme.
- Vitamin D and calcium: Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption and maintaining calcium and/or phosphate levels to enable normal mineralization and prevent hypocalcemic (spasms caused by a lack of minerals in bloodstream). Vitamin D is essential for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts or osteoclasts. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone loss, fractures, and other problems. Vitamin D deficiency prevents rickets among children and osteomalacia among adults. Vitamin D, along with calcium, helps older adults to avoid osteoporosis.
There are many nutritional factors that can be used to prevent and treat osteoarthritis. An unhealthy lifestyle and diet can lead to rapid degeneration of the affected tissues. A nutritional complex is the best way to get nutrition. Patients would be able to benefit from incorporating nutritional supplements into a whole food base, and not just one part. We briefly discussed Osteoarthritis in our last article. This article will examine the causes, symptoms, and current treatment for Osteoarthritis. Let’s take a closer look at Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is a common form of Arthritis. It is one of most common forms. It is caused by cartilage being worn away from the joints. This cartilage is responsible to the smooth movement of joints.
Once it starts to deteriorate, patients experience pain, swelling, inflammation, and even deformity. Osteoarthritis patients often state that their pain is most intense during movement and then decreases during rest. Osteoarthritis is more common in women than in men. The United States has an estimated 24 million Osteoarthritis patients. Of these, 74% are women. Although the cause of Osteoarthritis remains unknown, doctors are sceptical. Scientists are baffled by some of the symptoms of Osteoarthritis.
More research is needed to determine the root cause. For example, although X-rays can show that Arthritis exists, the pain experienced by Osteoarthritis patients is different from the results of the Xray. Osteoarthritis is often called “wear and tear”, but evidence suggests that the disease and its mysterious cause are more complex than that. Osteoarthritis is not limited to one joint. It affects all joints throughout the body. Osteoarthritis of one knee can lead to Osteoarthritis in the other. Doctors have also noted that Osteoarthritis doesn’t affect just one side of the body, as would be expected from wear and tear. However, Osteoarthritis seems to affect all the cartilage simultaneously.
Osteoarthritis could be caused by cartilage that isn’t functioning at its optimal level. Cartilage is constantly being broken down and rebuilt. Some theories suggest that this process can become unbalanced and out-of-control. This stage is known as “End Stage Osteoarthritis.” This is when joint pain and impairment can begin to manifest. There are many natural remedies available that can help with Osteoarthritis symptoms and pain. You can look out for future articles in the Arthritis Series, which will provide natural remedies that may stop enzymes from damaging cartilage.
- Avascular Necrosis – This is a condition in which blood is cut near a bone. This causes bone death and joint damage. Avascular Necrosis usually affects the hip joint.
- Previous Rheumatoid-related Illness – such as Rheumatoid Arthritis – can cause chronic inflammation of the joints.
- Osteoporosis – Osteoarthritis can develop in the joints due to the high risk for bone fractures and injury.
- Joint Infection-Some people may develop cartilage degeneration due to defects in their joints and cartilage.
After we have discussed the possible causes of Osteoarthritis now it is time for us to examine the symptoms of Osteoarthritis. There is no way to prevent Arthritis from developing in any of its forms. However, there are some things you can do that will help reduce your chances of developing Osteoarthritis.