Arthritis is commonly perceived to be for the elderly but it is effecting a much younger generation with the majority of sufferers being women. Luckily, there are a number of natural solutions that involve leading an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, which are proving to help prevent the debilitating disease.
|Did you know?Over 3.85 million Australians suffer from Arthritis (nearly 1 in 5 Australians) and it is predicted that by 2050 a staggering 7 million Australians will suffer from some form of Arthritis.
Overall, Arthritis is actually more prevalent among women, with 19.9% of women estimated to have some form of Arthritis in 2007 compared to 17.1% of men. An estimated 61.3% of people with OA and 57.1% of people with RA are women. And despite Arthritis being perceived ‘an old person’s disease’, 62% or 2.4 million of those with Arthritis are in the working age population (15-64).
Obesity in young women is the single biggest risk factor for osteoarthritis; obese people are around 2.4 times as likely to have OA as people of normal weight, while overweight people are 35% more likely to have OA. This is because obesity in young women can reduce the beneficial, Arthritis protecting hormone, progesterone.[i]
Diet plays a role in helping reduce body fat and preventing inflammation in the body which is associated with Arthritis[ii]. Learn which foods are beneficial for preventing inflammation. Eat vegetables, fruit and plenty of salad, nuts and seeds, cold water fish, walnuts and other foods high in omega-3. Minimise grains, dairy, margarines, trans fats found in foods such as margarine and processed foods which are inflammatory.
Supplementation is an essential part of managing your inflammation and preventing Arthritis. One of the most scientifically supported natural anti-inflammatory supplements is a unique Rosehip powder with GOPO®, a powerful antioxidant and a rich source of natural Vitamin C. Studies show that the supplement discourages the attack of the immune cells on the joints, which is often a feature of Arthritis (i.e. it is an auto-immune disease).
Scientists have discovered that what makes the Rosehip so effective is the deep-root system of the plant. This enables the plant to access and absorb a vast array of vitamins and minerals making it one of the most natural sources of Vitamin C.
A study found Rosehip powder with GOPO® may protect the cartilage cells which facilitate joint movement. Rosehip with GOPO® may delay or prevent the early stages of Osteoarthritis through cartilage protection, the study found (BioCentral Journal, 2011[iii]).
To assist inflammation, the patented Rosehip powder MUST contain GOPO® (a compound that is activated during a special drying process of the Rosehip plant and assists the anti-inflammatory process). There are in excess of 30 scientific studies supporting the use of the unique Rosehip powder with GOPO which is made from 100% pure and natural Rosehip. Take 5g daily for the first 3 weeks and thereafter a dosage of 2.5g per day. (Try Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO® which comes in Capsule and Powder form www.rosehipvital.com.au)
It is important to keep moving to help prevent inflammation and Arthritis. As studies show being overweight is linked to Arthritis it is important to stay active. Swimming, gym work, pilates, yoga, gentle stretching or simply walking are all possible activities to try. Before undertaking any exercise program, please discuss this with your health care professional.
Get moving and lengthen and strengthen your joints as much as possible. Exercise needn’t leave you puffing, panting and over-exerting yourself. Gentle exercise activities like Aqua aerobics, walking, dancing and gentle yoga help lengthen and strengthen while Tai Chi is also excellent for all Arthritis. Previous research has shown that Tai Chi may help with muscle strength in the lower body, decreased stress, improved posture, balance, sleep, flexibility and coordination.
[i] J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jul;92(7):2468-73. Epub 2007 Apr 17.
Pulsatile luteinizing hormone amplitude and progesterone metabolite excretion are reduced in obese women.
Jain A, Polotsky AJ, Rochester D, Berga SL, Loucks T, Zeitlian G, Gibbs K, Polotsky HN, Feng S, Isaac B, Santoro N.
[ii] JRSM Short Rep. 2011 April; 2(4): 32. Nutritional supplementation and dietary restriction in the resolution of enthesitis-related arthritis Stephen J Genuis1 and Anna-Kristen J Siy2
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Stephen Eddy is the Principal of Health Schools Australia, completing a diploma of applied science in chemistry and naturopathy, a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine, and a Masters of Health Science. Stephen worked with Metagenics where he was involved with developing vitamin/mineral supplements, special purpose foods for fat loss and detoxification and various protein bards. He also was a contributor to many practitioner only seminars within Metagenics.