Natural Cures for Arthritis Symptoms - More Than Home Remedies

To relieve arthritis symptoms, drink natural apple cider vinegar mixed with water and honey. Add two teaspoons of vinegar and two teaspoons of unprocessed honey to a glass of water, and drink this three times a day. You can also replace the liquid vinegar with natural apple cider vinegar tablets, but be sure to also drink a lot of water daily.

It may take two to four weeks to feel the full effects. But, this dosage relieves the pain and gives back freedom of movement in most people. This is not really a cure - if you stop taking the apple cider vinegar for a few days, you will feel your arthritis symptoms again.

You can also get relief by soaking arthritic joints in hot natural apple cider vinegar. Use a quarter cup of vinegar mixed with one and a half cups of water. For areas too large to soak, you can soak a cloth in this mixture, put it on the affected area, and wrap a towel over the soaked cloth to keep in the heat. Keep the hot mixture on for only ten minutes at a time, and you can repeat this after the joint cools for another ten minutes.

Once you feel less pain and have more freedom of movement from the apple cider vinegar, keep moving to keep the joints flexible.

Lose weight to take stress off your joints.

Quit smoking.

Dehumidify your home.

Taking 1,500 mg of glucosamine with chondroitin daily also helps to keep joints healthier and more flexible. You should break this dosage up into three smaller doses during the day.

If you don't want to take natural apple cider vinegar, you could make changes in your diet to help arthritis. Certain foods can trigger the pain, including anything in the nightshade family: white potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, spicy foods, citrus fruits. Everyone is different; some people are not affected by citrus fruits, others are not affected by tomatoes, etc. You should also reduce your intake of fat, sugar, salt, and cholesterol.

Garlic boosts the immune system and can help reduce the pain of arthritis.

Increase the Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, and you may reduce inflammation of your joints. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, sardines, other oily fish, walnuts, flax, soy, olive oil, nuts, and avocados - or you can take Omega 3 Fish Oil Concentrates .

Get plenty of beta carotene from yellow and orange vegetables and fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Take Vitamin B complex supplements daily. B vitamins can also be found in whole grains, dried beans, split peas, and lentils.

You should take in 75 mg of niacin during the entire day. This is best done through foods, plus you will find some in a good multivitamin. The B Complex supplements contain niacin. Most separate niacin supplements contain more than is needed, and many contain enough to negatively affect the liver. Food sources for niacin include meat, milk, eggs, fish, poultry, peanuts, enriched breads and cereals, barley, buckwheat, split peas, coffee, and tea.

Take Vitamin C daily. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. (Citrus fruits may actually trigger the pain in some people, so listen to your body.)

Take Vitamin E, which can also be found in wheat germ, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.

Take 200 micrograms a day of selenium. Selenium is also found in almonds, barley and oranges.

And, take zinc. Sources of zinc include turnips, corn and oysters.

If you want to use an over-the-counter medicine for the pain, use Ibuprofen or Aspirin. Tylenol will help with pain, but not as much as the others since it does nothing for swelling, which makes pain worse.

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