Garlic may protect against hip osteoarthritis

Garlic livens up any meal and I am sure many Christmas dinners will include this vegetable.  I wrote before about garlic being used for lowering blood pressure and now a new study (1) suggests that women who consume a diet rich in allium vegetables such as garlic, onions and leeks, have lower levels of hip […]

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Can rosehip be useful for sufferers of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease; a disease when, for unknown reasons, the body starts to attack itself.  In Rheumatoid arthritis the attack occurs on the membranes (synovial membranes) of a joint which becomes chronically inflamed – this can cause pain, swelling, morning stiffness, muscle wasting and osteoporosis.  Eventually bone and cartilage is damaged.  Rheumatoid […]

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A weighty issue for osteoarthritis

In my last post I wrote about certain how nutritional supplements may aid pain reduction and other measures of osteoarthritis severity.  Eating a healthy diet is important in helping to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis for other reasons too – a balanced, healthy diet throughout life is crucially important in order to maintain a steady, healthy […]

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Seaweed supplement may help with osteoarthritis

In October last year I discussed osteoarthritis.  A recent study(1) has found that a supplement derived from seaweed seems to be helpful in reducing the need for painkillers in some individuals that suffer from this debilitating condition. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease.  The exact cause is unknown but the slow destructive process usually begins […]

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Optimising supplements for managing joint pain and inflammation

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of musculo-skeletal disability in the elderly and, within the secondary care system, its management is primarily focused on palliative relief using pharmaceutical drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics. As with many pharmaceutical drugs, there are potential side effects, with treatment regimens also failing to address the […]

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Fish and fish oils may be important for bone health

The long chain omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines, play an important role in optimal health.  As previously mentioned in my blog posts they are important for our hearts, brain, eyes and may protect against various conditions.  There is […]

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Can ginger ease muscle pain?

Ginger is something I generally regard as being useful to reduce nausea, however recent evidence (1) suggests that ginger, either raw or heated (as happens when cooking with ginger), can ease the muscle pain associated with exercise. The authors of this small study (1) note that ginger has been shown in laboratory studies to have […]

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Can vitamin D act as a novel aid for mood improvement?

On the 22 October I mentioned the potential use of Vitamin D supplements for helping individuals suffering from the mood disorder SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  This year a number of papers have been published (1,2,3,4) which suggest that vitamin D could potentially be useful for the treatment of other mood disturbances and depressive episodes. In […]

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World Arthritis Day 2008 is approaching

Sunday 12th October marks World Arthritis Day 2008.  The theme for the day this year is ‘Think Positive’, this acknowledges the fact that many arthritis sufferers are often emotionally affected.  The World Arthritis Day website and the UK site Arthritis Care, both provide fantastic resources which include positive and helpful information to those suffering from […]

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