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Gail Robinson, Wilmington, DE
Eat plenty of sulfur containing foods such as eggs, garlic, and onions to repair bone, cartilage, and connective tissue.
Eat plenty of fresh pineapple: it acts in several ways to fight arthritis.
Sea cucumber contains lubricating compounds needed by joints.
Essential fatty acids are absolutely necessary for healing joints: flax seed oil, 2 to 4 grams per day, plus evening primrose oil, 2 tablespoons per day.
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been found to help many arthritis sufferers. These can be found at your health food store.
Vitamin E supplements can increase joint mobility. Use full spectrum (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherols and tocotrienols). This is how vitamin E occurs in nature, and all constituents are needed for best results. Seeds, nuts and whole grains are good sources of vitamin E.
To reduce inflammation and repair tissue, use MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 500-1,000 mg 3 times per day, and/or SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) 400-800 mg/day. Both can be found at your health food store.
Avoid sugar, caffeine and red meat, as these are pro-inflammatory.
Many arthritis sufferers are sensitive to solanine, a substance found in tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Abstain from these for a month to see if there is improvement.
Dairy has been implicated as a "hidden" food allergy in many people with arthritis. Abstain for a month to see whether symptoms improve.
Do not supplement with iron, and make sure your multivitamin formula does not contain iron. There is much evidence that it is involved in pain, swelling, and joint destruction.