Although the vast majority of treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis consist of prescription drugs only, that is not necessarily the only option you have.
Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many Natural Remedies are available to try to see if they help your specific conditions.
Try These Spices
There are several natural spices and foods that have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, and these are readily available to most of us at a reasonable price.
Turmeric, or more accurately curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used as a medicine for centuries.Turmeric needs to be taken with black pepper in order for the beneficial compounds to be absorbed by the body.
Ginger (fresh or powdered) has shown in scientific studies to reduce inflammation.
Cinnamon, besides being delicious, also has anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been used for many years to help regulate blood sugar.
Garlic has been proven to reduce inflammation, either raw, or cooked. You can add it to many dishes to enhance the flavor, or even roast whole garlic bulbs if the flavor of raw garlic is stronger than you would like.
Cayenne contains natural compounds called capsaicinoids, which have been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as aiding digestion.
Black pepper may not be as hot as cayenne, but it can keep up with it in terms of healthful benefits. Black pepper is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, on top of its anti-inflammatory abilities.
Cloves have not yet been scientifically proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, but have been used in traditional medicine in that capacity for a long time. You can use them whole in teas or hot drinks, or powdered in baking and some savoury dishes.
Adding these anti-inflammatory spices to your diet will help to ease the pain of arthritis, but it may be difficult to judge whether you are getting enough of them to make a difference. There have also been questions about whether supplements actually contain the specified compound, so it may be best to purchase these spices in the organic section of your local grocery store, as that would appear to be the best way to ensure that you are getting what you’re paying for.
Many people add some combination of these spices into smoothies, which seem to solve the dosage problem neatly, and allow you to get large enough amounts to ensure effectiveness. No matter how you choose to take them, though, it is likely that you will reduce your joint pain without risking the side effects of prescription drugs.