Natural Relief from Arthritis Pain
Close to 70 million people suffer from arthritis. Such an astonishing number if you ask me but if you think that’s a lot then you haven’t seen anything yet.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that by 2030 there will be another 22 million added to that list with the aging baby boomers on the rise who will soon discover the pain of chronic inflammation.
We are told that exercise is good for us but who can enjoy a walk, jog, tennis, or golf with your knees, hips, and shoulders so sore. It’s no wonder we turn to drugs for relief. Of course, with all the side effects of prescription drugs, we might as well be defeating the purpose.
Therefore, instead of taking prescription drugs and risking dangerous side effects, you might want to consider natural or home remedies to relieve your arthritis. Don’t forget, home remedies have not been scientifically proven but with the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs.
Home remedies may be a better way to relieve the pain. It is recommended to go by trial and error because what might work for some, may not work for others.
What you eat?
Some people say that eating gin-soaked raisins have provided miraculous relief for their pain, while others say that this remedy is worthless. The best thing to do with these remedies is to experiment with them until you find the one that works best for you.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat” and according to researchers from Tuft University, this may be true for arthritis. It has been proven that Omega 3-fatty acids found primarily in fish but are also in flaxseeds, pecans, walnuts, tofu, and green leafy vegetables help fight inflammation.
Common omega 6-fatty acids that are found in oils such as, corn, sunflower may worsen inflammation and joint pain. Research suggests having at least six servings a day of produce to get the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C and Beta- carotene.
It is also recommended to substitute fish, beans, and nuts for meat. Vitamin D and fish oil supplements may also be helpful for those who do not like fish. These foods seem to provide anti-inflammatory nutrients that will help relieve joint pain.
It has also been said that chocolate and tomatoes may trigger pain for sensitive individuals. You do not have to quit eating these foods but you should watch out for or limit foods that trigger your pain.
Another way to lessen the risk of arthritis is by getting the recommended daily dosage of selenium.
There are selenium supplements but you can go the natural way and eat foods with Selenium in them. Just be careful not to overeat because too much selenium can be toxic.
Selenium rich foods include
- Brazil nuts,
- chicken liver,
- canned tuna,
- spaghetti with meat sauce,
- sunflower seeds,
- wheat germ,
- chicken breast,
- prepared oatmeal,
- and eggs.
Do not consume more than 400 micrograms of selenium daily. Since Brazil nuts have 544 micrograms per one-ounce serving, try eating only half a serving.
In the case of overeating, the symptoms of toxicity include brittle hair and nails, skin rash, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.
2. Orange Juice
Beta-Cryptoxanthin and Zeaxanthin sources, which are found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, have been found to lessen the risk of arthritis.
Research has found that one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every day is enough to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
3. The Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, is essential to lower the risk of Arthritis as well as Osteoporosis, fractures, depression, and cancer. The best part about this vitamin is that it is free because it comes naturally from the sun!
It is suggested that 5-10 minutes of sun exposure, without sunscreen, on the hands, arms, and face every 2 or 3 days is enough for your body to make the Vitamin D needed.
Some people, however, cannot change that much exposure to the sun for their recommended Vitamin D intake so with that in mind there are oral supplements available.
For those who cannot be out in the sun too long, it is recommended they take anywhere from 800 IU to 1,200 IU per day. Do not overdose. Keep your daily intake under 2,000 IU.
4. The Raisin Remedy
According to a reader of Best Choices from the People’s Pharmacy, by using the following recipe to make gin-soaked raisins you can be pain free from arthritis.
It hasn’t been proven but one reader said that she ran out of gin and went one week without this remedy and her pain returned. Once she started using it again her pain was gone.
All I can say is to try it for yourself. What do you have to lose but pain?
- One box (15 ounces) of golden raisins
- 1 pint of good gin
- Pour the gin over the raisins in a bowl.
- Cover with a towel and allow the gin to evaporate (it takes up to a week)
- Transfer the moist raisins to a covered jar and place it in the refrigerator.
- Eat nine daily.
Not too hard to do and you only have to wait up to a week before they are ready. I suggest making enough ahead of time so you don’t run out. Also, make sure you have plenty of raisins and gin.
If these remedies work well for you then you won’t ever want to be without them.
5. Grape Juice and Certo
If gin-soaked raisins do not work for you, you might want to try this remedy instead. Grape juice and Certo (fruit pectin) is another remedy that can help relieve your pain.
There are three different recipes you can choose from for grape juice and certo:
- Two teaspoons of Certo in 3 ounces of grape juice, 3 times a day.
- One tablespoon of Certo in 8 ounces of grape juice, once daily.
- One packet of Certo in 64 ounces of grape juice, drink 6 to 8 ounces daily.
Experiment with all three and find the right one for you. Option numbers 3 is recommended because it is more convenient but try all three and go with what works best for you.
It is highly recommended not to take statin drugs while using this remedy because they may no absorb well.
6. Juice and Vinegar
Juice and vinegar are also supposed to be good for treating arthritis and relieving pain. Here are three different recipes you can choose from:
Vinegar and Juice recipe number one
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 16 ounces of grape juice
- 32 ounces of apple juice
Drink a couple of ounces daily.
Vinegar and Juice recipe number two
- One part cider vinegar
- Three parts of apple juice
- Five parts of grape juice
Drink half a cup daily.
Vinegar and Juice recipe number three
- 1 teaspoon of orange gelatin powder
- ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of honey
- 6 ounces of water
- Stir ingredients together and drink daily. Try all three and see what works best for you.
This next recipe might sound gross but it is supposed to be very effective for relieving arthritic pain.
7. Fish Oil Breakfast Smoothie
To enhance absorption and minimize taste, combine these ingredients in a blender.
- 1 to 3 teaspoons pharmaceutical-grade fish oil
- 1 tablespoon of whey protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of powdered egg white
- ½ frozen banana (peel before freezing)
- 1 cup of frozen yogurt
- 1 cup of low-fat yogurt
- ½ cup of grape, cherry orange, or pomegranate juice
- Blend at high speed until completely pureed, with no pieces of powder, fruit, or yogurt visible.
- Try this recipe out and see how well it works for you.
The remedies I have mentioned have not been proven but many people have said they work well for them.
As always, use your best judgment and go with what works best for you.