We all know arthritis and we have a familiar person who is suffering from it. But did you know that this is actually a term that includes 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions?
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms, characterized by many inflammations, and some of the most common symptoms are pain, swelling and stiffness. In general, arthritis is more common in women and increases with age (1). What herbs can help relieve arthritis symptoms?
Boswellia serrata is a herb that has been used for centuries in various parts of the world for inflammation in the joints and beyond. Taking it can help reduce pain, swelling and improve movement.
Borago or Starflower oil
Borago and mainly its seed oil contains a large amount of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega 6 fatty acid, which appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Especially in rheumatoid arthritis it seems to help reduce joint tenderness and swelling. (2)
Turmeric is probably the king of anti-inflammatory herbs! Alone or in combination with other herbs it can help with inflammation in arthritis and chronic pain. It’s no coincidence that it’s one of the most common ingredients in supplements for joints!
Black currant and especially its seed are also rich in omega 6 fatty acid GLA. Related research has shown that taking Black Currant Supplement has reduced symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but bigger research is required (3).
Cat’s Claw, or Uncaria tomentosa, is a plant found mainly in South and Central America and is traditionally used in arthritis by tribes in Peru. So far a study on rheumatoid arthritis has shown that taking it along with medication improved joint pain by 53.2% compared to 24.1% in the placebo group (4). In addition, animal studies have shown that cat’s claw can affect the function of enzymes having a positive effect against arthritis (5).
Find which herb suits you and watch pain and inflammation go away!
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