Alternative Treatments for RA

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Alternative Treatments for RA Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can cause chronic inflammation in the joints and other parts of the body. It affects the lining of the joints that causes painful swelling that can eventually lead to joint distortion and bone erosion. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages but it mostly begins after the age of 40 and has been found to more prevalent in women. There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis and treatment focuses on controlling the symptoms and preventing further joint damage. Numerous treatments such as medication and surgery can help a great deal and for some natural treatments are more favorable. It is best to consult your doctor if you’re planning to take on…show more content…
It is can be used in easing pain and swelling caused by arthritis. Bromelain also helps in reducing inflammation and improving joint function. Consult your doctor before taking bromelain supplements since it can interact with other drugs and supplements. Fish oil Fish oil is a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and has been proven to be effective in easing rheumatoid arthritis. It is found to be effective same as with non-steroidal drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Omega-3 fatty acids including EPA and DHA helps in blocking inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins that are then converted to anti-inflammatory chemicals known as resolvins. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids includes salmon, herring, mackerel, and tuna. Fish oil supplements are also available. Supplements Zinc - Zinc has been found culpable in inhibiting the inflammatory response thus it is being investigated as a possible treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Based on a double-blind study, 24 patients were given supplementation of zinc and their symptoms are reduced significantly. However, there are also several studies that zinc doesn’t provide any significant improvement. The possible explanation for this is zinc supplementation is effective for only mild and moderately severe rheumatoid arthritis. Copper - Copper is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Copper complexes of NSAIDs are believed to be more potent and

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