Arthritis symptoms can vary from day to day. Try these three supplements to ease joint pain to get on with the activity you really wanted to do.
Health food store Holland and Barrett have announced that fish oil supplements can be beneficial for those who have arthritis.
The UK’s leading health retailer notes fish oils contain omega-3.
Versus Arthritis – a charity dedicated to supporting people with the condition – states omega-3 can “help control your immune system and fight joint inflammation”.
Holland and Barrett added that omega-3 is a fatty acid that is made up of two compounds: DHA and EPA.
It points out that it is these two compounds which have been linked to reducing cell inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil supplements could help relieve painful symptoms of arthritis.
Other sources of omega-3 include salmon, mackerel and trout.
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For vegetarians, another option – aside from supplements – to increase your intake of omega-3 is to eat nuts and seeds.
Another great anti-inflammatory supplement to ease painful arthritis is turmeric.
Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that curcumin eased symptoms of stiffness and helped with joint movement.
Turmeric supplements are useful to keep nearby, as one pop of the pill can help reduce painful symptoms.
An easy addition to any spice rack, turmeric can also be topped on scrambled eggs, curries and one-pot recipes.
Methlysulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural compound that contains sulphur, as noted by Holland and Barrett.
The health food store states MSM supplements are often taken to ease symptoms of arthritis.
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This may be because sulphur is an important “building block” for healthy bones and joints, as Versus Arthritis points out.
Managing arthritis can be made easier by incorporating fish oil, turmeric and MSM supplements into your diet.
Holland and Barrett also have other natural remedies to consider when aiming to reduce painful symptoms of the condition.
Reaching a healthy weight for your age and height – which can be calculated using the NHS BMI test – will ease the pressure on your joints.
The Mediterranean diet – full of healthy fats, oily fish and fresh fruits and vegetables – is a great way to begin your weight management journey.
Low-impact exercises, such as swimming, can also help to maintain the flexibility of joints.
And hot and cold therapy could also work its magic on arthritis.
Apply a warm heating pad to any painful joints for around 20 minutes.
The heat can help relax and soothe achy muscles and help ease stiffness.
To reduce swelling and inflammation, apply an ice pack to the affected joint for no longer than 10 minutes.