Changing your diet is a major thing that will affect your Rheumatoid Arthritis but adding vitamins in to your diet can also be very important. So what are the best vitamin supplements for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
When I made my diet change I removed a lot of highly inflammatory foods. At the same time as when I removed all these foods I started adding in different vitamins on a daily basis. The vitamins will assist your body in fighting the Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Vitamin C For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Vitamin C fights inflammation hence the fact that it is very beneficial for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Vitamin C helps your body with collagen production which is the main protein in both joints and bones. Vitamin C aids your immune system and some say that an infection within your body might even cause flare-ups with your Rheumatoid Arthritis, which makes it even more beneficial to include in your diet.
Just remember that fruit contains sugar and with Rheumtoid Arthritis you do not want to eat too much sugar as this might have a negative effect your symptoms. I always purchase a supplement.
Vitamin B12 For Rheumatoid Arthritis
The reason I recommend eating extra Vitamin B and in particular Vitamin B12 is because it lowers an amino acid that is found to be significantly increased for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Homocysteine is the name of this acid and vitamin B12 reduces this amino acid. If you are on any form of treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis such as Methotrexate you should know that this type of medication interferes with your bodies ability to absorb B12 so you might need to increase your intake.
Vitamin B12 can be found in
Non Dairy Milk
As I try to stay away from as much meat and dairy as possible I prefer to take a B Vitamin Supplement, I always make sure that the supplement contains B12 as some B vitamin supplements do seem to leave this one out of the mix.
Glucosamine For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Glucosamine is a something that is very necessary for cartilage, It can reduce and treat inflammation contributed by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Glucosamine contains an enzyme that fights the destruction of your cartilage, which is common for this kind of illness. The supplement is made by shellfish, so if you have any kind of allergy regarding shellfish than I would recommend you to not eat this supplement.
Unfortunately Glucosamine is not found naturally in a lot of regular foods, unless you want to eat the actual shell of certain crustaceans.
The easiest way to get Glucosamine is actually through supplements.
Another very popular supplement to take when having Rheumatoid Arthritis is Omega 3 and other omega fatty acids.
One thing to know is that Omega 3 might help with the pain but does not necessarily help with the damage caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. The way that Omega 3 works is that it slows down your over active immune system, which is the basics of Rheumatoid Arthritis. So by slowing it down it actually decreases the start of inflammations.
Omega 3´s is something that can be found in a variety of foods, naturally.
It is found in foods such as;
I also prefer eating this as a supplement but I do try to eat a lot of foods that are high in Omega 3 as well.
Having a balanced diet is very important but sometimes you will need a little extra to get you a long, this I would say is the case for anyone who has Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have added all these into my diet and I take them daily, this is something that has helped me a lot both with my pain and my overall symptoms from R.A. It might not cure you but it is a natural way to treat rheumatoid arthritis. I would recommend anyone to try this in combination with eating highly anti-inflammatory foods and also avoiding highly inflammatory foods. You will notice a difference.
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