Osteoarthritis (OA) is experienced by a great majority of the population worldwide. More often than not it is characterized as either primary or secondary types. The primary type (which is also called idiopathic or ‘of unknown origin’) is a disease of aging, while the secondary type is usually a function of either trauma, repetitive strain, obesity or metabolic and endocrine disorders.

Typically, osteoarthritis manifests as joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion that can vary in intensity from mild to severe. This is caused by the degeneration of articular cartilages. From a dietary point of view, OA responds well to reduction in processed carbohydrates and elimination of allergenic foods. In Chinese Medicine, we usually recommend the consumption of marrow and cartilage soups (think oxtail or pig knuckle soups done in the crock-pot), as well as acupuncture and anti-inflammatory herbs. Orthomolecular medicine recommends the following 2 minute interventions:

Glucosamine and Condroitin Sulphate (which are the building blocks of cartilage) in daily doses of 800-1500mg.

Vitamin C (which is necessary for repairing and forming collagen) in daily divided doses of 1000mg after each meal.

Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) in 4 divided doses ranging from 250mg – 400mg after each meal, and before bed.

Tune in next week when we’ll talk about hypertension aka High Blood Pressure.

Be Well and Be Zen

References:

R. Gaby., Osteoarthritis., Nutritional Medicine (2011)., Ch. 153., ps.587-94, ISBN13: 978-0-9828850-0-0. Fritz Perlberg Publishing, Concord, NH.

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