Food for rheumatoid arthritis

What are the best foods to reduce arthritis symptoms?

Osteoarthritis is the most common of the more than 200 forms of arthritis, affecting over 20 per cent of the population. Unfortunately, there are currently no effective treatments or approved drugs for this disabling condition, which causes the joints to become painful and stiff. Some new drugs are in the pipeline, but it will be years before they are tested in clinical trials and approved by regulators.

Many people with osteoarthritis take a bewildering variety of dietary supplements, the favourites being glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, but the evidence doesn’t actually support their use. However, we are happy to report that our recent review of published evidence shows that eating the right foods, combined with moderate low-impact exercise, can benefit people with osteoarthritis.

Firstly, losing weight and exercising are the most significant things that osteoarthritis patients can do to ease their symptoms. Weight loss reduces the load on the joints and lowers the level of inflammation in the body, reducing arthritis pain.

Exercise helps you to lose weight while keeping your muscles strong, which helps protect the joints and makes it easier to move around. So overweight and obese people with osteoarthritis should find ways to lose weight that include exercise aimed at increasing their muscle strength and enhancing their mobility.

Eating certain foods can also help improve patients’ symptoms and reduce their daily joint pain. Evidence shows eating more oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, can improve pain and function in arthritis. This is because the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids they contain reduce the amount of inflammatory substances the body produces. Fish oil supplements of 1.5g per day may also help.

But eating fish oils alone may not be enough. It is also important to reduce the long-term consumption of fatty red meats and replace saturated animal fats with vegetable oils, such as olive and rapeseed.

Eating oily fish can improve joint function ()

Osteoarthritis patients are more likely to have raised blood cholesterol, so eating in a way that reduces blood cholesterol can help, as well as improving general cardiovascular health. Reducing the amount of saturated fat you eat and increasing the amount of oats and other soluble fibres will help to reduce cholesterol.

Other specific ways to reduce blood cholesterol include eating 30g a day of nuts, 25g a day of soy protein from tofu, soy milk or soy beans, and eating 2g a day of substances called stanols and sterols. These are found in small amounts in plants but the easiest way to consume them is in fortified drinks, spreads and yoghurts that have these substances added to them.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the joints become inflamed by increased amounts of oxygen-containing reactive chemicals in the body. This means that eating more antioxidants, which can neutralise these chemicals, should protect the joints.

Vitamins A, C and E are potent antioxidants and you should make sure you get the guideline amounts of them to maintain healthy connective tissues throughout the body. However, the evidence that they improve osteoarthritis symptoms is debatable.

Vitamin A is abundant in carrots, curly kale and sweet potato. Fresh fruits and green vegetables are rich in vitamin C, especially citrus fruits, red and green peppers and blackcurrants. Nuts and seeds are a great dietary source of vitamin E and oils derived from sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E.

Evidence suggests that increasing the intake of vitamin K sources, such as kale, spinach, broccoli and brussels sprouts, may also benefit people with osteoarthritis. We also know vitamin D, which your body makes when exposed to sunlight, is important for bone health and many people don’t produce enough.

But more evidence is needed before vitamin D supplements can be recommended for osteoarthritis patients.

Though several popular diet books on arthritis advocate avoiding certain foods, there is no clinical evidence that this benefits osteoarthritis patients.

Ali Mobasheri is a professor of musculoskeletal physiology and Margaret Rayman is a professor of nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey. This article was first published on The Conversation (

Diet won’t cure rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but the right food choices can help by controlling the inflammation that wreaks havoc in the body, delivering nutrients your body needs and helping you maintain a healthy weight. That’s important because excess weight adds to pressure on achy joints and can make certain RA meds less effective. What’s more, body fat produces proteins called cytokines that promote inflammation.

Studies show that a Mediterranean diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is a good choice for people with RA. Here’s a look at some foods you should be eating.

Fatty fish. Salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and other cold-water fish are rich in omega -3 fatty acids, which may help control inflammation. Your body needs a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Researchers have found that a greater ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s is associated with an increase in chronic inflammatory diseases like RA. So it’s important to reduce omega-6s – which may provoke inflammation and are found in meats, certain oils and in fried and processed foods that contain those oils – and increase omega-3s.

Fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help stabilize molecules called free radicals that can trigger inflammation and damage cells. They’re also packed with vitamins and minerals the body needs and in polyphenols, all of which may help lower C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation. To get the greatest health benefits, eat several types of fresh or frozen fruits each day, but watch out for sugar content in frozen options. Eat a colorful variety of veggies to get the most nutrients. Aim for two cups of fruits and two and a half to three cups of vegetables per day – fewer if you get less than 30 minutes of exercise a day and more if you’re more active.

Whole grains. Oats, whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa and other whole grains may lower levels of CRP and reduce the risk of heart disease, which is elevated in people with RA. Whole grains are higher in nutrients and fiber than refined grains. Plus, many products with refined grains contain ingredients that are not healthful, such as added sugars and saturated fats. Read labels and choose breads, cereals and other products that specify a whole grain as a primary ingredient.

Peas and beans. These legumes are a great source of protein, which is important for muscle health – and people with RA are prone to muscle loss. What’s more, peas and beans are practically fat free, contain antioxidants, and some are rich in folic acid, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium, all known for their heart and immune-system benefits. Black, garbanzo and red kidney beans and black-eyed peas are good choices.

Nuts. Full of healthful monounsaturated fat, nuts are recognized for their heart-protective properties and important nutrients. Try pine nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds. Walnuts are particularly good for people with RA because they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids. (Ground flaxseed is another good plant source of omega-3s.) But don’t go overboard eating nuts; they contain healthy fats, but they are also high in calories.

Olive oil. Use olive oil instead of other oils and fats. In addition to healthy monounsaturated fat, it contains a compound called oleocanthal that reduces inflammation and acts like ibuprofen in alleviating pain. But eat it in moderation; as with all oils, it’s a fat that can lead to weight gain.

Study lists 33 foods proven to relieve rheumatoid arthritis

A review of existing research, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, lists foods that have been proven to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the long-term.

Share on PinterestPrunes are a great source of polyphenols and can help to ease inflammatory symptoms.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million adults in the United States.

The fact that it is an autoimmune disorder means that the body does not recognize its own healthy cells and attacks them as though they are foreign. This causes inflammation in the joints, which translates into stiffness, swelling, pain, and sometimes even misshapenness.

So-called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs are normally the first line of treatment for this condition, for which there is no known cure at the moment.

If a person living with rheumatoid arthritis does not react well to these drugs, so-called biological response modifiers, or “biologicals,” are the second-line treatment option.

However, as the authors of the new review point out, biologicals are expensive and can have serious side effects.

So, researchers from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar, India, set out to explore dietary alternatives to medication.

Dr. Bhawna Gupta, together with Shweta Khanna and Kumar Sagar Jaiswal at KIIT’s Disease Biology Lab in the School of Biotechnology, reviewed “research from several laboratory experiments under different conditions.”

They narrowed down their findings to 33 foods proven to ease rheumtoid arthritis symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

The study is only the second one to make an overall dietary assessment for this disease, and these researchers strictly picked out the foods that were clearly proven to have long-lasting benefits.

“Supporting disease management through food and diet does not pose any harmful side effects and is relatively cheap and easy,” Dr. Gupta explains.

Whole grains, legumes, fruits, and spices

Fruits include prunes, grapefruits, grapes, blueberries, bananas, pomegranate, mango, peaches, and apples. Cereals include whole oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and whole rice, while the whole grains section adds corn, rye, barley, millets, sorghum, and canary seed to the mix.

Spices — including turmeric and ginger — olive oil, fish oil, green tea, and yogurt are also among those listed as beneficial. These can reduce the level of cytokines, or substances secreted by the immune cells that can cause inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, and reduce oxidative stress, thereby improving the body’s ability to fight off toxins.

“Regular consumption of specific dietary fibers, vegetables, fruits, and spices, as well as the elimination of components that cause inflammation and damage,” says Dr. Gupta, “can help patients to manage the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.”

“Incorporating probiotics into the diet can also reduce the progression and symptoms of this disease,” she adds.

“Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should switch from omnivorous diets, drinking alcohol, and smoking to Mediterranean, vegan, elemental, or elimination diets, as advised by their doctor or dietician.”

Dr. Bhawna Gupta

“Our review focused on specific dietary components and phytochemicals from foods that have a proven beneficial effect on rheumatoid arthritis,” says Dr. Gupta.

The researchers also suggest that their findings could be used to develop alternative medicines.

“Pharmaceutical companies may use this information to formulate ‘nutraceuticals.’ Nutraceuticals have an advantage over chemically tailored medicines as they are not associated with any side effects, originate from natural sources, and are cheaper,” explains Dr. Gupta.

However, the authors also caution people with rheumatoid arthritis against incorporating these foods into their diet too readily, or on their own.

“Dietary components vary according to geography and weather conditions,” says Dr. Gupta, “so patients should be aware of their nutritional requirements, allergies, and any other food-related disease history.”

“We strongly suggest the general public consult doctors and dieticians before following any diet program or food compounds discussed in the study,” she concludes.

The Best Foods to Add to Your Diet to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Salmon is rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Thinkstock

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints. Some people find relief by making changes to their diet.

“There is no one food that helps everyone with rheumatoid arthritis,” says Scott Zashin, MD, a rheumatologist at Presbyterian Hospitals in Dallas and an author of Natural Arthritis Treatment. But some people find that eating foods and vegetables that reduce inflammation can help ease their joint pain. You’ll need to experiment to see which, if any, foods work for you, he says.

A variety of studies have shown that the following foods, fruits, oils, and extracts may prove helpful for symptoms:

Coriander. This green, curly-leaved herb goes by different names — coriander, cilantro, Chinese parsley — and it’s a staple in multiple cuisines like Mexican and Thai. Some people say it also helps make their RA symptoms better. Coriander was among the many nutraceuticals (food extracts) that can have a beneficial effect on chronic inflammatory diseases such as RA, according to a study published in Toxicology and Industrial Health in September 2014.

Turmeric. Turmeric is a deep mustard-yellow spice from Asia that’s actually in the ginger root family and is used in many Indian curry dishes for color and taste. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation at the cellular level. Mustard is a good source of turmeric and probably the easiest way to get it, Dr. Zashin says. He recommends having some mustard or curry at least two to three times a week. A research review published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in August 2016 found a small number of studies that support the benefit of turmeric in the treatment of arthritis. However, the researchers say that larger and more rigorous studies are needed.

Ginger. Ginger has long been recognized for its ability to calm the stomach. Like turmeric, ginger also contains chemicals that may work to help improve RA symptoms. Research done on rats found that, in addition to the inflammation-fighting properties in ginger’s main plant compounds, its pungent compounds (gingerols) and aromatic essential oils play a role as well. The study was published in Pharma-Nutrition in July 2016. Caution: Ginger can cause blood to thin, so if you’re taking a blood-thinning medicine like warfarin, talk to your doctor before adding ginger to your RA treatment plan.

Pineapple. “It’s not the pineapple that’s so exciting, but the stem,” Zashin says. That’s because the stem contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that has been shown to reduce inflammation in people with osteoarthritis and RA. Because the stem isn’t edible, however, to get bromelain you have to take supplements in capsule or pill form. A study of a complex of three plant extracts — bromelain, turmeric, and Devil’s claw — published in the winter 2014 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found that they could be a valuable alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for people with chronic and degenerative joint pain. Zashin says that further studies are needed, and he cautions to “always talk to your doctor before using any supplement, because dietary supplements can interact with prescription medications.”

Blackstrap molasses. Many people with RA swear by blackstrap molasses and have for years, but the scientific research is limited, Zashin says. One reason some suspect molasses may help relieve pain is that it’s rich in vitamins and nutrients, including magnesium. Magnesium helps preserve nerve and muscle function as well as joint cartilage, the Arthritis Foundation says. What’s more, low levels of magnesium, as well as calcium, are more common in people with RA and could be a risk factor for heart disease, a known complication in people with the disease, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. Other good vegetable sources of magnesium are nuts, beans, whole grains, bananas, green vegetables, and dairy products. Olive oil also delivers the nutrient.

Green tea. A cup of green tea a day may keep the joint pain away. Zashin notes that green tea has antioxidant properties, which are helpful in combating disease. However, green tea also contains small amounts of vitamin K, which can counteract certain blood thinners. That makes it important to talk to your doctor before adding it to your RA treatment regimen if you take blood thinners. Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane found that EGCG, a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties that’s found in green tea, could be an effective treatment for RA by targeting a pro-inflammatory protein. Their findings were published in Arthritis and Rheumatology in February 2016.

Sour cherries and pomegranates. Both fruits contain the flavonoid anthocyanin. A study published online in Advanced Biomedical Research in March 2014 found that pomegranate juice has many beneficial properties, including inhibiting inflammation, which makes it helpful for people with RA — perhaps even more so than green tea. Zashin is a proponent of tart or sour cherries for symptom improvement. Like pomegranates, cherries are rich in antioxidants, which can protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, he says. Sour cherries may also lower levels of nitric oxide, a compound linked to RA, Zashin says.

Fish oil. Found in wild salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and trout, fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which work to decrease inflammation and reduce symptoms of RA. Consider eating fatty fish rich in omega-3s like salmon twice a week, or supplementing with omega-3 fish oil capsules. People with RA who took fish oil in addition to DMARDs had less pain and were in remission longer than those who didn’t, according to research published in June 2015 in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

Parsley. The ubiquitous garnish on restaurant entrees, parsley has been shown to have powerful properties. Parsley contains the flavonoid luteolin. A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in June 2016 found that luteolin and other flavonoids help block inflammatory proteins. Further studies of parsley and its effect on people are still needed, but the easy-to-grow herb is another anti-inflammatory food that just might help reduce pain and stiffness while it brightens up your vegetable salads.

Putting Together a Vegetable-Based Diet for RA

Pay more attention to the foods you eat — especially vegetables and those healthy picks that reduce inflammation and have lots of antioxidants — and you may ease your RA symptoms. Though research is limited and needs to be confirmed with larger, higher-quality studies, most people can add these foods and omega-3 fatty acid supplements to their diet without any side effects. Still, if you’re taking medication and want to add supplements or change your regular diet, talk to your doctor first to rule out any negative interactions with other medications and your overall RA treatment plan, Zashin says.

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First on most, let’s look at the definition blackstrap molasses – blackstrap is type of molasses this is actually the dark liquid byproduct of the various aspects of refining sugar cane into fructose sweeteners, being made from the actual final boiling of the glucose syrup. It is the concentrated byproduct walk away after the sugar’s sucrose is definitely crystallized. It is an signature bank rich source of nutrients from foods. Blackstrap Molasses is include with good supermarkets and drug stores. Get the best quality available and be sure it’s without sulphur. Store the bottle in the freezer cooler once it’s opened and also a cool, dry place and it should keep for great six months. Many people have been clarified their arthritis pain by taking one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses either without treatment or dissolved in a cupful of warm water. People start the day in and maybe another dose either of waking time, if necessary, or in the night. Please remember this is a kind of sugar and you should clean enamel afterwards or risk tooth decay! Arthritis sufferers often take this natural remedy on a pain killer, and stomach muscles, if it works to your bottom line! You can experiment in – if it isn’t running smoothly enough, then take two tablespoons in comparison to one, but one tablespoon seems to work for most people. Another tip to require the molasses. If you have trouble getting it down, then help yourself by adding orange or any fruit juice, even lemon juice. The main thing is that you simply take it so it’s up to you to make it as pleasant as is possible…

Another use is to making dissolve a tablespoon in warm water and soak sore care, hands, wrists or feet to alleviate arthritis pain. People with fibromyalgia or carpal tunnel syndrome could also benefit this particular.

As you have to be offered above, blackstrap molasses is very rich in nutritional vitamins so it can help out with many ailments – you’ll find:

Canker sores: put it upon the canker sore for up to immediate relief.

Constipation: Use a couple of tablespoons – it’s my laxative.

Energy: People report they have got much more energy and assists sugar cravings.

Acid Reflux: results are within times of first taking it.

Anemia: Blackstrap molasses is sweet as it contains excess of iron – in fact it contains more iron than 9 decades eggs!

Hair: Brings back the and also apparently can even reverse graying hair.

From the above you will learn that blackstrap molasses is a great benefit for health and wellness. It’s easy to find in your supermarket or vitamin store and is a very nice natural pain reliever specifically for arthritis.


Coventry nurse Margaret Hills and her cure for arthritis

COVENTRY nurse Margaret Hills, who died in 2003, famously cured herself of chronic arthritis in just 12 months – using cider vinegar and honey, black molasses and an ‘acid-free’ diet.

She wrote a best-selling alternative medicine book and her ‘drug free’ treatment has brought relief to thousands around the world, including the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Catherine Vonledebur visits the family-run Margaret Hills Clinic in Kenilworth, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year…

MARGARET Hills was a carefree trainee nurse in 1940s London when she was first diagnosed with arthritis at 22-years-old.

She was in extreme pain and ordered complete bed rest for four months after a Harley Street consultant told her she had a “very enlarged heart”.

The eldest of seven children from Lixnaw in County Kerry, had to give up her three favourite pastimes: dancing, cycling and swimming.

Before leaving St Stephen’s Hospital in Fulham the Medical Superintendent told her she must never dance, cycle or run uphill again, give up her nurse’s training AND never have children.

Margaret thought to herself: “If I am to live my life like this, I may as well be dead.”

She ignored the advice and finished her nurse’s training in London, got married, moved to Coventry and had eight children – five sons and three daughters.

But for 16 years she continued to suffer from chronic osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – in every joint.

At its worst Margaret was taking 12 aspirins a day and wearing a surgical collar, surgical corset and splints on her fingers.

She set out to research a cure and read all the ‘natural cure’ books she could find until she hit upon the treatment aged 36 that cured her of all signs of arthritis and kept her totally pain-free.

MARGARET’S’ best-selling book came about after she wrote a letter about her cider vinegar cure to the Coventry Evening Telegraph in 1982.

In a 1994 interview, Margaret said: “It was a twist of fate which led me to open my clinic.”

Her daughter Christine Horner, aged 58, a nutritional therapist, recalls how the letter came about.

The mother-of-two said: “My mum read an article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph about the amount of money spent on drugs for arthritic diseases.

“She thought, ‘this is ridiculous – what a waste!’ and wrote a letter to the paper.

“She described how people could help themselves, she said it was not difficult, she had done it.

“Her life was about to change. The next day the postman delivered sacks of mail and the paper’s switchboard was jammed with callers about her letter. The local response was amazing.”

On June 16, a follow-up story reported how Margaret was inundated with more than 1,000 enquiries from across the country.

Christine said: “My mother printed out her treatment in the paper and it brought even more letters. Within a matter of weeks she decided to write a book.

“As well as looking after four children and her day job as a district nurse she was up at 3am to write.”

The book was originally called Curing Arthritis – The Drug-free Way.

Christine continued: “She found an agent in the area who said: ‘It’s very difficult to get a book published’.

“But every publisher she approached wanted to publish it.

“As Margaret was a Catholic, she chose the most Christian. It was a best-seller for them, and I updated it in 2004.

“At first people kept coming in to our home in Gibbet Hill, Coventry.

“After work mum would find people waiting for her to get some advice so she set up a clinic at home charging a small fee which was donated to her favourite charity, Baby Lifeline.

“It was set up by Judy Ledger, who my parents fostered when she was 15 years old.”

Margaret gave up nursing to focus on her arthritis clinic which later moved to Oaks Precinct, Caesar Road, Kenilworth.

In September 1988 she also opened the Margaret Hills Health Food Shop in Millar Court, Kenilworth.

Margaret wrote: “… day after day the letters arrive from people in various countries telling me how much they have benefitted from following the treatment… and thanking me… I feel so humble and grateful.”

One young woman even flew over from Sydney, Australia with her mother hoping for an appointment.

Margaret also did talks – her last was in her home town in Ireland where 900 people gathered.

“There were so many I had to give two talks,” laughed Margaret in an interview on November 25 1994.

Margaret died peacefully at her Kenilworth home, aged 78, in May 2003.

Treating Arthritis – The Drug-free Way is currently translated into six languages – Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Romanian, Finnish and Arabic.

SINCE the family-run Margaret Hills’ Clinic opened 30 years ago it has helped thousands.

Christine Horner – the second eldest of Margaret’s eight children – and her daughter, Julia Davies, continue Margaret’s work.

They are both nutritional therapists and run a pain relief clinic.

Christine said: “We treat around 900 people at any given time these days, with the vast majority treated at a distance – by email, phone and post. We also carry out ten to 20 face-to-face consultations and treatments weekly.”

The mum-and-daughter team has received hundreds of grateful letters. In the hallway of the clinic is a map of the world with pins in all the countries where they have patients including Peru, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, Australia, the Falklands and Jamaica.

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The treatment aims to cleanse the body of too many toxic acids and strengthen the body’s immune system.

* Dissolve one teaspoon of clear honey in a little hot water, add 300mls of cold water and one dessertspoon of cider vinegar. Take three times a day

* One teaspoon of black molasses, three times a day

* A bath in Epsom salts three times a week

* A full range of vitamins, which can be supplied by the Clinic

* Gently exercise the joints

* An ‘acid free’ diet. No red meat, no citrus fruits, no dairy products except skimmed milk, cottage cheese and eggs, no sugar, chocolate, cakes, pastries, pickles, fried food or alcohol

* Eat a healthy diet – 100 per cent wholemeal bread, fresh white fish, poultry, rabbit, lamb, plenty of raw and cooked vegetables, non-citrus fruits, ie banana and apple

* Positive thinking. Avoid stress

Julia’s Story – I suffered constant headaches and sore ribs until I was treated

MARGARET Hills’ grand-daughter Julia Davies was eight years old when she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

The 30-year-old mum-to-be suffered from constant headaches and sore ribs.

She said: “I was never a fussy child and would have done anything to feel better.”

Julia treated under the guidance of her grandmother and within 18 months her symptoms had cleared up.

Mum Christine said: “Julia’s hands were so bad she could not straighten her fingers.

“There was bullying at school which was causing Julia emotional stress. We moved schools and she was so much happier.

“Stress causes excess acidity and the whole treatment we do relieves acidity. Cider vinegar neutralises it. We removed all acidic foods and kept Julia off processed foods.”

Julia was left with a mild curvature of her spine.

But having experienced arthritis so young Julia always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up – a therapist.

After passing three scientific ‘A’ levels she achieved a 2:1 in Human Physiology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Before joining the clinic Julia worked within the Civil Aviation Authority’s health unit for three years and then studied Nutritional Therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Julia has worked with her mum for six years and runs the Margaret Hills Health and Lifestyle store, Millar Court Kenilworth.

Until her maternity leave she held a free drop-in health clinic every Thursday. “I love the shop and have tried-and-tested everything!”

While pregnant Julia finished writing her first book, Treating Arthritis – the Supplements Guide.

She said: “I really believe in my grandmother’s principles. I wanted to look at the science behind it and explain why the Margaret Hills treatment works.

“It is an update on everything that’s available for joint health – why they work or don’t work and how to use them.”

A new edition of Margaret Hills’ Treating Arthritis the Drug-Free Way and Julia’s new book, Treating Arthritis – the Supplements Guide are available this summer (Sheldon Press).

Success Story – Ranulph Fiennes cured thanks to Hills’ remedy

ONE of Margaret Hills’s most famous patients is the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who suffered arthritis in his hands and hips.

In his 1999 book, Fit for Life, the 67-year-old explorer describes how following Margaret’s remedy cured his arthritis.

He wrote: “After many years of Army and SAS activities, followed by decades of expedition work, I developed arthritic pains in both hands and a hip.

“My mother, 74-years-old at that time, was suffering from pains in her lower back which x-rays revealed to be arthritis-related.

“She read a book by Margaret Hills, Curing Arthritis the Drug-Free Way, and after six months of following the book’s food-control advice, her condition improved dramatically.

“I did not follow Margaret Hills’ instructions to the letter but I did take up two of her main remedies.

“I began to eat a dessertspoonful of black molasses daily and, every evening after supper, I drank a mug of cider vinegar with hot water instead of my habitual coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

“After a while I grew used to the unusual taste and within eight or nine months my arthritic pains disappeared.

“That was ten years ago, and I have been free of arthritic pain ever since, despite numerous old fractures, sprains, operations and a life of abusing every bone in my body as a soldier, parachutist, long-distance runner; sleeping on snow, ice and mud floors and, to top it all, living on Exmoor, which is famous for its damp climate.

“Proper food control can cure you by using balanced nutrients which neutralise excess uric acid. If you already have bad arthritis, I advise contacting the Margaret Hills Clinic.”

Her eight step guide to curing arthritis

The treatment aims to cleanse the body of too many toxic acids and strengthen the body’s immune system.

* Dissolve one teaspoon of clear honey in a little hot water, add 300mls of cold water and one dessertspoon of cider vinegar. Take three times a day.

* One teaspoon of black molasses, three times a day.

* A bath in Epsom salts three times a week.

* A full range of vitamins, which can be supplied by the Clinic

* Gently exercise the joints.

* An ‘acid free’ diet. No red meat, no citrus fruits, no dairy products except skimmed milk, cottage cheese and eggs, no sugar, chocolate, cakes, pastries, pickles, fried food or alcohol.

* Eat a healthy diet – 100 per cent wholemeal bread, fresh white fish, poultry, rabbit, lamb, plenty of raw and cooked vegetables, non-citrus fruits, ie banana and apple

* Positive thinking. Avoid stress

Arthritis is a very painful condition caused due to the inflammation of any of the joints, particularly the knee and elbow joints. Of the two types of arthritis, rheumatoid is probably the most common and is caused by an autoimmune disorder with significant inflammation in the synovial membrane, and gradual loss of bone mass. The other type of arthritis is known as Osteoarthritis where the cartilage present in between the bones is eroded resulting in bone grating against bone, causing immense pain and agony.

Even if there is some pain in the joints of your fingers or in your wrists, which is severe during the mornings it could be Rheumatoid arthritis. If there is stiffness in the joints and you hear cracking noises in the joints, you may have Osteoarthritis. The only cure for arthritis is joint replacement surgery as it cannot be cured through medication. However, there are several excellent home remedies for Arthritis.

Causes of Arthritis

  • Arthritis can result from some injury
  • Osteoarthritis is usually hereditary
  • Certain infections caused by Lyme disease cause arthritis
  • When the immune system breaks down due to some dysfunction

Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Feeling fatigued easily without any reason
  • Stiffness in the joints, noticeable in the mornings
  • Pain in the joints, especially during movement
  • Mild to severe inflammation in the joints

See a doctor immediately if:

  • The pain does not subside with medication
  • The stiffness is persistent, curtailing movement
  • The inflammation is very severe, and not responding to medication

10 Best Home Remedies For Arthritis

Here are a few excellent home remedies that offer relief from pain caused by Arthritis:

10. Turmeric and Ginger


  • Take one finger of fresh ginger. Wash, peel, and crush to a paste.
  • Boil 1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder in 2 cups of water.
  • Add the ginger paste as well. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and add one teaspoon of pure, organic honey.
  • Drink this mixture while it is hot.

How does this work?

Turmeric is an excellent medicinal spice that has great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce the swelling and also helps in easing the pain. The curcumin content in Turmeric gives it healing properties that help keep Arthritis in control. Thus Turmeric and Ginger together make an excellent home remedy for Arthritis.

The Remedy is not Good if:

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician.

9. Magnesium-rich Foods

  • Include Magnesium rich foods in your diet.
  • Take a bunch of Spinach. Wash and mash in a mixer-blender. Filter it.
  • Add a pinch of black pepper powder. Drink it on empty stomach in the mornings.
  • Continue the process for a month or so.

Magnesium is something that is essential for your body. Since the body does not produce magnesium by itself, foods rich in magnesium like spinach, nuts, and legumes should be consumed on a regular basis.

Apart from keeping your heart healthy, magnesium helps by relaxing the muscles and eases the pain caused by Arthritis. It gives extra mineral strength for the bones and helps increase the bone density. Magnesium oil can be applied topically on the affected areas for relief from pain. Magnesium is one of the most effective home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

8. Dandelion Leaves

  • Take a bunch of fresh, tender dandelion leaves. Alternatively take 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves. Boil a cup of water in a small bowl.
  • Add the dandelion leaves (dry) and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and add a teaspoon of organic honey.
  • Drink twice daily for a month or so.

Dandelion leaves are high in Vitamin A and C and are great for restoring damaged tissue. Dandelion also works on the liver and helps detoxify the body. It acts as a blood purifier as well, and is also an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, thanks to the presence of linoleic and linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid. Dandelion helps enhance immune responses and serves as a great cure for Arthritis. Dandelion leaves are one of the best home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

7. Blackstrap Molasses

  • Mix one tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses in a cup of warm water.
  • Drink the mixture twice daily. Continue the process for a month or so.

Blackstrap molasses is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium and has been used as a remedy for Arthritis for long time. Consuming Blackstrap molasses helps gain relief from the painful symptoms of Arthritis and the joints in the body become free to move without any strain. The nerve and muscle functions are regulated and the bone is strengthened by regular consumption of Blackstrap molasses, making it one of the best and easiest home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician.

6. Massage Therapy

  • Take 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. Heat it gently and add some camphor.
  • Apply the camphor oil on the painful areas. Massage the areas gently with a rotating motion.
  • Repeat process whenever required.

How does this work?

Massage therapy has been used to alleviate pain in the muscles and joints. If possible, you can seek the services of a professional masseuse, or you can do it yourself as it is not very difficult. Massaging the body helps curb the production of the stress hormone cortisol and also boosts the production of serotonin that works as a mood enhancer.

Regular massaging also helps in controlling the production of neurotransmitter substance P, which is linked to the sense of pain. A good massage is a great home remedy for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

5. Yoga Asanas

  • Practicing certain Yoga Asanas regularly helps relieve pain.
  • Performing Trikonasana helps relieve pain in the neck and shoulders.
  • Practicing Veerasana, the one leg squat, tones the muscles.
  • Perfecting the Gomukhasana (cow face pose) is good for the spine, elbows etc.
  • Performing the Vrikshasana (one-legged tree pose) is good for joints.

Yoga Asanas can help cure many ills, and there are several asanas that help get relief from pain caused by Arthritis. While practicing Trikonasana (sideways bend) daily offers relief from pain in the neck and shoulders, performing Veerasana helps tone the muscles in the body.

Although it requires a bit of practice, Gomukhasana is very good for keeping the spine supple and keeps the elbow joints in good condition. Practicing Vrikshasana regularly is good for the joints in the body. Practicing Yoga Asanas regularly is one of the best remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, it is important to learn the correct postures either from a guru or by watching tutorials.

Also Read: Yoga Poses That Burn Fat

4. White Willow Tea

  • Boil 2 teaspoons of White Willow bark powder in a cup of water.
  • Add the Willow bark powder and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and add a teaspoon of honey and drink it hot.

White Willow bark is a natural pain killer and has been advocated for all types of body aches and pains for several centuries. A chemical known as salicin is present in the bark of this amazing tree, and when consumed it gets converted to salicylic acid which is similar to an ingredient which is the main component in Aspirin.

However, the salicin found in the bark of White Willow is not acidic in nature and does not affect the stomach, making it one of the best natural home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Mix a teaspoon of undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in a cup of warm water.
  • Add a teaspoon of pure, organic honey. Drink the mixture twice daily for a month.
  • Continue the process if required.

Apple Cider Vinegar comprises important minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. All these chemicals work independently and help relieve the pain caused by Arthritis. Moreover, apple cider vinegar is a known antioxidant and is a great anti-inflammatory agent as well. Hence, it helps get rid of the swelling and offers instant relief from the pain. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

2. Epsom Salt Soak

  • Take three cups of Epsom Salt. Tie it up in a soft muslin cloth.
  • Fill your bathtub with warm water. Tie up the bundled Epsom Salt to the faucet.
  • Allow water to pass through the bundle. Soak in the bathtub for about 1 hour daily.

Epsom salt is a natural mineral that is sourced from the natural springs located in a place called Epsom, which is in Surrey, UK. It is rich in magnesium sulphate which offers relief from all sorts of body aches and pains.

Magnesium is not produced by our body, but is required by the body to maintain and perform certain bio-mechanical responses. Soaking in a bathtub containing Epsom salt gives immense relief from the pain caused by Arthritis, making it one of the best natural home remedies for Arthritis.

There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician

1. DIY Cayenne ‘Capsaicin’ Ointment

  • Take 3 tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper Powder, 1 cup of virgin olive oil (even coconut oil should do), and half a cup of grated beeswax.
  • Pour the oil in a bowl and heat it. Add the Cayenne Pepper Powder and beeswax.
  • Stir the mixture until the beeswax melts. Chill the mixture and store in an airtight container. Use it like an ointment.

This DIY Cayenne Pepper Ointment is one of the best remedies to get rid of the piercing pain caused by Arthritis. Applying this ointment inhibits the substance P, which is responsible for transmitting the pain signals to the brain.

As Cayenne Pepper powder is very hot, it should be applied only in the areas where you have pain. Take care to see that none of the powder or ointment gets into your eyes. Otherwise, DIY Cayenne Ointment is one of the best home remedies for Arthritis.

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, if the pain and swelling are severe, consult your physician.

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If you have any kind of arthritis, you know how painful it can be. Living with chronic pain and discomfort makes every part of your life more difficult. It can limit your movements, disturb your sleep, and make you feel isolated and helpless.

The good news is that arthritis is treatable, and you do not have to rely on expensive prescriptions and repeated visits to the doctor. Natural remedies and treatments abound. Before we talk about the specifics of those remedies, let’s talk a little bit about arthritis and what causes it.

There are several different kinds of arthritis, but they all have one thing in common. Arthritis is a chronic disease which causes inflammation and pain in one or more of your joints. As a rule, the pain and stiffness of arthritis tend to worsen with age, but they can sometimes affect very young people, as well.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most typically found in older people. It causes the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones to break down. That, in turn, causes your joints to stiffen. Rheumatoid arthritis is different. It is an autoimmune disease which causes your body’s immune system to attack your joints as if they were foreign bodies. Other, rarer forms of arthritis may be caused by underlying disease such as lupus or psoriasis.

The symptoms of arthritis may vary from person to person, but some of the most common ones are:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swollen joints
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

Determining the cause of arthritis is dependent upon first identifying the type of arthritis you have. If there is an underlying disease such as those mentioned above, the cause of the arthritis will be clear immediately.

Some of the most common causes of osteoarthritis include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Aging
  • Injuries to the joints
  • Joint stress from doing a particular job or playing a sport
  • Genetic defects in the joints

Rheumatoid arthritis, as stated above, is an autoimmune disorder. The causes are more difficult to pinpoint, but potential culprits may include:

  • If you have a parent or other close relative with rheumatoid arthritis you are more likely to get it yourself.
  • Some researchers feel that all autoimmune disorders have their origins in inflammation caused by certain foods.
  • Virus or bacteria. While no particular viral or bacterial agent has been identified, some people believe it is possible they disease has its origins in something of this nature.
  • Environmental factors. Some people appear to be more sensitive than others to environmental contaminants. One theory is that such contaminants may weaken the immune system, thus making it more susceptible to autoimmune diseases.

Typical treatments for arthritis include prescription anti-inflammatory medications and creams.

Easy Remedies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Home remedies for arthritis abound. Some involve topical applications, while others involve making teas. There are also foods you can add – or subtract – from your diet that can help to relieve the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

Soak in Epsom salts. This is an old remedy, but a very effective one. Epsom salts are high in magnesium sulfate, which can be absorbed through the skin and is an effective pain reliever. If you have arthritis in your hands or feet, you can add ½ cup of Epsom salts to a bowl or pan of warm water, and soak the affected areas. If your arthritis is in larger joints such as your knees or hips, add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath and soak in it.Make a turmeric and ginger tea. Both turmeric (the bright yellow spice that gives curry powder its color) and ginger are natural anti-inflammatories. To make the tea, boil two cups of water and add ½ teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground turmeric. Let it sit for at least fifteen minutes, then strain it, sweeten it with honey (another natural healer) and drink it. This makes two servings.Eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet. This is an especially good thing to try if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Some common foods that cause inflammation include sugar, trans fats, monosodium glutamate (MSG,) dairy, nuts, seeds, and wheat. Not all of these foods will be inflammatory for all people, but MSG and trans fats are common culprits. You may need to experiment with things like dairy and wheat to determine if they are a problem for you.Add Omega-3 to your diet. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid found in cold water fish like salmon and mackerel. If you don’t like fish, other options include flaxseed oil, walnuts, edamame (soy beans) and chia seeds.Take blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses is a time-honored home remedy for arthritis because it is high in potassium, calcium and magnesium. To take it, mix 1 tablespoon of molasses into 1 cup of water and drink it. A note of warming: blackstrap molasses can be a gentle laxative, so don’t overdo it.Try meditating. Meditation is all about strengthening the connection between your body and mind, and can be especially effective for people who have both depression and arthritis. Stress and anxiety can worsen the pain of arthritis, so taking a few minutes out of your day to meditate can help to ease the pain.Get some exercise. When your joints are really hurting, exercise may be the last thing you want to do, but it is important to keep moving. Regular exercise will help to keep your joints lubricated, this relieving stiffness and pain. Not only that, but carrying extra weight can exacerbate arthritis, and exercise may help you shed those extra pounds.Take magnesium. Our bodies need magnesium, but we can’t make it ourselves. Magnesium helps to relax muscles and ease pain. The best way to get magnesium is to eat foods that are rich sources of it, including dark leafy greens, legumes and nuts. Do an olive oil massage. Olive oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. Take a small amount of olive oil and massage it into painful joints. You can also take olive oil by the spoonful to help lubricate joints – just be careful to make note of the calories involved if you are trying to lose weight. Drink aloe vera juice. Aloe vera is another natural anti-inflammatory, and it is now available as a juice in many supermarkets and natural food stores. Take frankincense. While many of us think of frankincense as being simply an aromatic, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and is widely available as a nutritional supplement. It is also known by the name boswellia. Cool down your joints with peppermint. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils have analgesic properties that can help to relieve arthritis pain. To use them, mix 5-10 drops of each with 2 tablespoons of almond oil or grapeseed oil. Mix, and massage the oil into affected joints. Make sure to store leftovers in a dark bottle to avoid light damage. Make juniper berry tea. Juniper berries contain a compound called terpinen-4-ol, which can be particularly effective against rheumatoid arthritis. To make it, pour hot water over 1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries. Let it steep for about 20 minutes, then sweeten with honey and drink. Note: do not drink this tea if you are pregnant. Eat watermelon or drink watermelon juice. Watermelons are packed with antioxidants, which help to fight inflammation. If you juice watermelons along with blueberries, you’ll have an antioxidant powerhouse. Make a cayenne paste. Hot peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which works to suppress a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating the body’s response to pain. To make the paste, mix 3 tablespoons of cayenne with one cup of grapeseed oil. Heat on medium for 5-10 minutes, then stir in ½ cup of grated beeswax. Stir until melted, then refrigerate for 10 minutes, stir, and refrigerate for another 10 or 15 minutes. Whip it together one more time, then transfer it to a glass jar and store it into the refrigerator. Make sure to wear gloves while applying it, and avoid touching your eyes.

Treating arthritis does not need to be expensive, and you don’t have to rely on prescription medications with potentially dangerous side effects. The home remedies listed here will help to ease the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, and have you feeling better in no time.

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