All natural supplements and discoverable sources for improved joint functioning will be discussed. As well as how to reducing swelling and promote healing caused by sports-related incidents, arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, knee problems, tendonitis or other joint injuries.
Summer 2009, the daytime medical information TV show, “The Doctors” recommended cherry juice for joint pain. I thought it was a joke until I tried it for shoulder pains I’d incurred preventing an autistic foster child from head-banging on walls and concrete.
I had pulled my arms out of joint at both shoulders and suffered for nearly 2 years, refusing meds and opting for heat therapy and a new memory-foam mattress offering only temporary relief and was not healing my shoulders. Having nothing left to loose but the agonizing pain and inability to sleep at night, I bought a bottle of cherry juice.
Amazingly the results from were almost immediate! I noticed there was no more pain – within the same day! The effects were similar to muscle-relaxers, without the usual “jellied” or uncoordinated sensations, and I was able to sleep through the night. Encouraged by this new revelation I also bought fresh and dried cherries, although very tasty, the juice worked better relieving my shoulder pain.
I recommend cherry juice, cherry cider or cherry juice blends (mixed with other fruit juices) which work equally well! Cherries are one of the lowest glycemic-index (non-acidic) foods which reduces joint swelling and pain as well as healing the joints.
Remarkably healing and great tasting cherry juice is available for a mere $3.50 to $3.99 a bottle at Trader Joe’s or Sprout’s Markets, a fraction of prescription drug pricing, without any of the harmful side-effects! Cherries actually trigger your body’s own healing processes while reducing swelling throughout the body.
EzineArticles.com suggests magnesium and hyaluronic acid in addition to combining glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), also recommended by WebMD.com, SafeSupplements.co.uk and most online vitamin supplement stores, to improve joint function.
Glucosamine is an amino acid which lubricates joints and is supposed to build up cartilage or at least strengthen it. Available naturally in shellfish or vegetable-derived supplements. Chondroitin helps to cushion the joints for flexibility and shock absorption, available naturally in seashells and shark cartilage. Combined with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) an organic sulphur, can help restore collagen, promote muscle growth and soothe inflammation. MSM can be found in cow’s milk, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables.
Many supplements are available which combine glucosamine with chondroitin as well as MSM to protect and restore connective tissues. Studies have shown that they work better together however, supplements are more expensive when purchased separately. Yet when combined into a single supplement, with varied potencies and combinations prices are still expensive, ranging from $17.95 for 90 capsules to $38.75 for 60 capsules, but are still cheaper than prescription drugs.
WebMD.com online also offers articles on alternative and natural supplemental therapies for improved joint function. A WebMd Feature article titled “Alternatives and Supplements for Arthritis Joint Pain” endorses many natural supplements that helps in preventing spine surgery recovery even in the patients that has diabetes which slow down the growth of white blood cells. That is essential in the healing of surgical cuts that the doctor has performed during the operations.
As well as listing the joint supplements cited above, additional recommendations cited were calcium (dairy products), vitamins D (sunlight) and E (eggs, meat, wheat germ), ginger, turmeric/curry (prevents inflammation), omega-3 (walnuts, salmon, tuna), green tea, bromelain (pineapple) and a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and stretching.
Healthy lifestyle suggestions are repeated in an extensive guide provided by WebMd, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health titled, “National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases” also recommending exercise, weight control, rest/relief from joint stress as well as alternative therapies.
Everything you’ll need to improve healthy joint functioning, as well as healing joint injuries naturally is included above. While recommended lifestyle changes in the areas of diet, weight control, nutritional supplements, exercise, stretching and relieving joints from stress, may need to be resolved in your life, as it was in mine.