Natural health with Megan Sheppard

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease, so is not caused by age or wear and tear. The good news is that early diagnosis is key to managing symptoms in the long run. Tackling pain and inflammation early on will reduce damage to your joints.

Beginning with inflammation in the synovial lining of the joints, rapid growth and division of cells leads to thickening of the lining causing pain, redness, and reduced movement as this condition progresses.

In advanced stages of RA these cells can actually release enzymes which break down and digest bone and cartilage, meaning that the joints lose their specific shape, in turn causing misalignment and in severe cases, loss of movement.

There is a kitchen recipe reported to provide relief for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, and rheumatism, along with digestive troubles, circulation issues, fatigue, and skin problems.

Simply use one tablespoon (15ml) of apple cider vinegar with a cup of near-boiling water, to which you add a heaped teaspoon of local raw honey, and a slice of fresh ginger root to help with pain relief.

You can add a pinch of cayenne for heart health if you can tolerate the heat of this spice.

It is important to choose apple cider vinegar that is organic and unfiltered — it will usually state on the bottle that it contains the ‘mother’.

Apple cider vinegar contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, natural silicon, pectin, and tartaric acids — all of which are beneficial to joint health.

Healthy oils are another good addition to your diet. Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid derivative, has also been shown to significantly reduce tender and swollen joints in people with RA.

Good sources of GLA include Evening Primrose, Blackcurrant Seed and Starflower (Borage) oils.

Source: irishexaminer

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