A Godsend for Arthritis Sufferers May Reduce Pain by a Whopping 62%
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or pomegranate extract may help reduce joint pain and decrease
inflammation in arthritis sufferers, according to recent study.
- In previous
research, pomegranate juice beat all other polyphenol-rich beverages
in potency tests primarily because it contains the greatest
amounts of all types of antioxidants and may also impart
heart- and joint benefits.
- Other antioxidant-rich
sources that will not promote insulin resistance like fruit and
fruit juices do include most vegetables. An overall better alternative
would therefore be to juice vegetables instead.
- If you
opt not to give up fruit juice entirely, cut back by mixing in
some sparkling water, and/or when drinking straight fruit juice,
buy only darkly colored, 100 percent organic fruit juice (ideally
packaged in glass) that contain pulp or sediment.
extract consumption is known to reduce the incidence and severity
of collagen-induced arthritis in mice.
researchers investigated whether pomegranate can also affect disease
activity in human patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the
results were quite positive.
Extract May Reduce Arthritis Symptoms
in the Israeli Medical Association Journal, the pilot study
included eight patients who were given 10 ml of pomegranate extract
per day for 12 weeks.
joint status and serum oxidative status were assessed at the beginning
and end of the study.
showed that the extract:
the composite Disease Activity Index (DAS28) of arthritis by 17
the tender joint count by 62 percent
reduced serum oxidative status, indicating a reduction in the
authors concluded that:
supplementation with pomegranates may be a useful complementary
strategy to attenuate clinical symptoms in RA patients."
A Source of Potent Antioxidants
The juice and
pulp of pomegranates have previously been studied for their potential
heart- and joint health benefits.
source of the fruit's benefits is its antioxidant content, particularly
ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, which accounts
for about half of the pomegranate's antioxidant ability.
In fact, according
to a 2008
study, which compared the potency of 10 different polyphenol-rich
beverages, pomegranate juice scored top billing as the most healthful
of them all. Its potency was found to be at least 20 percent greater
than any of the other beverages tested, beating out concord grape
juice, acai, and blueberry juice three well-known sources
of potent antioxidants. It beat them primarily because it contains
the most of every type of antioxidant.
are Great, But Beware of Loading up on Fruit Juice…
No doubt about
it, these potent phytonutrients can do your body good. Antioxidants
are crucial to your health as they appear to influence how fast
you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age-related
deterioration. They work primarily by mopping up harmful free radicals,
which are created in response to environmental toxins, such as cigarette
smoke, chemicals, sunlight, cosmic and manmade radiation, and pharmaceutical
are also a key component of chronic inflammation and related ailments,
including rheumatoid arthritis.
you get too excited about the possibility of loading up on healthful
antioxidants by chugging pomegranate juice (or any other juice for
that matter), keep in mind that fruit juices in general also contain
hefty amounts of fructose. Depending on the juice, an eight-ounce
glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice can contain somewhere in the
neighborhood of eight full teaspoons of sugar, and that's not going
to help your arthritis…
Despite the fact that fructose from fruit is as natural as it gets,
it can still do more harm than good if you consume too much of it,
primarily because it will increase your insulin levels.
elevated insulin levels in turn leads to insulin resistance, which
is the root of nearly every disease known to man, including RA.
Additionally, we now know that fructose is converted to fat far
easier and faster than any other sugar, which is one of the explanations
for why so many Americans struggle with their weight.
not just in fruit. If you eat processed foods and sweetened drinks,
you're getting huge amounts of fructose, primarily in the form of
high fructose corn syrup. But it all adds up, and a glass of juice
can equate to a very large amount of fruit, so go easy! If you have
any of the following problems (which are associated with insulin
resistance) you'd be well advised to avoid all fruit juices, and
limit your whole fruit intake until your insulin levels have normalized:
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood
- Yeast Infections
Alternatives to Fruit Juice
there are alternatives. In fact, most of the vegetables you eat
are loaded with potent phytochemicals that act as antioxidants,
and high vegetable consumption will not lead to insulin resistance.
the vegetables are to being harvested, the more potent these antioxidants
will be which is why you should consume the majority of your
fruits and vegetables RAW and locally harvested. If you eat vegetables
that have been harvested weeks before, as is common in most grocery
stores, you will not be reaping as much of the benefit the food
has to offer you.
A Key Component Against RA and Other Autoimmune Diseases
shows promise against RA joint pain and inflammation, I'd like to
remind you of the more basic factors that can have a major impact
on this disease. The treatment
protocol I use for rheumatoid arthritis has helped thousands
of RA patients go into remission, and one of the key factors that
dramatically improved the response rate to my protocol was the dietary
I cannot emphasize
strongly enough the importance of this aspect of the program. It
is absolutely an essential component of the RA protocol.
sugar and most grains
- Eating unprocessed,
high-quality foods, organic and locally-grown if possible
- Eating your
food as close to raw as possible
plenty high-quality animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil
general guidelines alone will go a long way to dramatically reduce
your risk of developing any kind of problem with chronic inflammation.
for Pain- and Inflammation Relief
As for supplements,
here are a few to consider that have been helpful in the treatment
of RA pain:
in particular has been shown to be effective against both
acute and chronic pain. In experiments on rats, turmeric appeared
to block inflammatory pathways associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense" is another herb
I've found to be particularly useful against arthritic inflammation
and associated pain.
- Ginger also
has anti-inflammatory properties and can offer pain relief. Fresh
ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated
has been shown to effectively reduce pain. In
one study, RA sufferers experienced a 35 percent improvement
in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent improvement in their ability
to perform daily activities after receiving astaxanthin for only
One new addition
to my RA protocol is low-dose
Naltrexone, which I would encourage anyone with RA to try. It
is inexpensive and non-toxic, and I have a number of physician reports
documenting incredible efficacy in getting people off of all their
dangerous arthritis medications.
The drugs typically
used for rheumatoid arthritis are some of the most dangerous drugs
used in medicine. High doses of prednisone are common, as well as
immunosuppressants and anti-cancer agents to treat the severe pain
however, does not fall into this dangerous category.
(generic name) is a pharmacologically active opioid antagonist,
conventionally used to treat drug- and alcohol addiction – normally
at doses of 50mg to 300mg. As such, it's been an FDA approved drug
for over two decades. However, researchers have found that at very
low dosages (3 to 4.5 mg), naltrexone has immunomodulating
properties that may be able to successfully treat a wide range of
autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid
arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's,
disease, just to name a few.
For a more
in-depth review of low-dose Naltrexone and how it can help RA sufferers,
please see this previous
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