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Written by: Dr.Claire Arcidiacono, ND
For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]†
We have reached the end of our conversation on joints. In this blog series I have tried to cover the most common joint dysfunctions that can occur. In addition, I have tried to cover those treatments that are both most commonly used as well as most studied. Thus, there will be some supplements that you may have “heard on the grape vine” that were not mentioned. Feel free to ask any Invite nutritionist about them. Joint health is a complex topic that can affect everyone, including men and women as well as different age ranges. One of the points that I hoped to make in this blog series on joints is that joint disorders can vary from person to person. It is important to find out exactly what is going on in your joints so that we can give you the best recommendations possible. †
Depending on what is going on in the joints, there different treatments available. Thus, it is important to not only what is going on but what stage it is. I will be rehashing some of the most researched supplements that I have found clinically to be some of the most helpful in working with joint disorders. I will also be recommending some recipe ideas to help with inflammation! †
Supplements that can help!
- Turmeric has been found in studies to help in autoimmune conditions by regulating inflammatory cytokines (1). Studies also have found that due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property of turmeric it is as effective as certain medications in addressing the symptoms of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. (2) This is important because as we discussed in this series there is a huge auto immune component to joint problems. Working on the autoimmune aspect will often help with the different manifestations of the joint concern. In laymen’s terms it will help with the painful aspect of joint concerns such as osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, studies have found that turmeric has been found to help with the swelling and pain of psoriatic arthritis. (3) Please see Invite’s Biocurcumin- 5 -Loxin, Turmeric with ginger and Curcumin blend. †
- Ginger has been found to help with both the inflammation and pain associated with autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. (4) Ginger has also been found in studies to help with the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. (5) Ginger has also been found to help with osteoarthritis pain. (5) By reducing inflammation and moderating the immune system ginger is amazing for pain in the joints. (4) Please see Invite’s Turmeric with Ginger†
- Omega 3s are helpful for inflammation found in any autoimmune disease and also to help protect the brain, memory, anxiety/depression as well as the heart. (6,7) Additionally omega 3s have been found in studies to be very helpful with the pain associated with osteoarthritis. (8) Please see Invite’s Fish oil, Krill oil and Biomega!†
- Collagen/cartilage has once again been found effective at reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis in studies! (9) Primary studies indicate that collagen may help to make beneficial changes in the quality of cartilage in osteoarthritis. (10) Collagen has been found to help with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. (11) I like to describe collagen as the “goo” that makes us up. It is a basic part of so many systems in our bodies. But it is crucial for the joints and so it is the base for almost all of my joint health plans. Please see Invite’s Collagen Hx, Collagex HA, and Cartilage Hx.†
- Hyaluronic acid has been found to be anti-inflammatory in studies which is helpful in so many joint concerns. (12) Additionally hyaluronic acid has been found to improve joint lubrication as well as reduce the inflammation found in osteoarthritis. (13) Please see Invite’s Hyaluronic acid with devils claw as well as Invite’s Collagex Ha. †
- Address leaky gut – As we know leaky gut is a huge risk factor for any sort of inflammation in the body. Supplements such a probiotic (14) can be very helpful in addressing this. For more information see my digestive health series!†
- Diet – no article on inflammatory conditions/ autoimmune would be complete without talking about diet. An anti-inflammatory diet is a must when there is any sort of autoimmune. A Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced symptoms of autoimmune disease activity (such as in Lupus and RA) as well as reducing the heart damage that is seen in those with an autoimmune condition. † (15)
- I also suggest working with a physical therapist to determine if exercise can help with your symptoms. †
RECIPES: Here are some ideas to use our products in fun ways! †
1. Jello from Scratch (16) Reds/oranges/purples jello!†
- 1½ cups (350 milliliters) fruit juice
- ¼ cup (60 milliliters) cool water
- ¼ cup (60 milliliters) hot water
- 1 tablespoon gelatin
- 1 to 2 cups (100 to 200 grams) fresh fruit (optional)
- Add 2 scoops Reds, Oranges or Purples Hx
- Fish with vegetables (17)†
- Take one or 2 Turmeric with Ginger capsules and mix in about a tablespoon of olive oil and use this mixture to coat a piece of fish of your choice. Cook the way you like best! I like to gently bake mine at a lower temperature. Add to sautéed greens such as kale, cabbage and baby spinach.†
- Summer pizza! (17)†
- Use a cauliflower crust (either make one yourself or buy it for an easy cheat)
- Make a mixture of yogurt with organic greens to spread on the cauliflower crust.
- Top this with berries of your choice
- Fill me up chocolate oatmeal. I start by cooking my oatmeal and setting it aside. This can be any oatmeal you like. Take Greek yogurt (unsweetened) and add 1 scoop of Invite whey protein, 1 scoop Cocoa Hx and mix. After mixing gently fold into your oatmeal. You can top with some sunflower seeds if you want a little crunch! †
- Blender muffins of health (lol), with this recipe it’s not exact, feel free to have fun! I usually take 2 eggs, 2 scoops of Invite Whey protein, 1 scoop Cocoa Hx, and 1 cup raw oats. As I blend, I add enough water so that it is a muffin like consistency. Use between 1/8 cup to ¼ cup. Scoop into a muffin pan and cook at 350 for 20 min checking to see if they are done. Variations to this include using almond milk instead of water. As I said it is not exact and you can have fun changing things up! †
6. Green eggs I say! This is an easy way to add greens to a breakfast. Place your eggs and 1 scoop of Greens Hx in your blender. I like to add 1 scoop of Greens Hx to 2 eggs so it’s very flavorful. Then add a big handful of baby spinach. Add any spices you like, blend until smooth. I like to cook these just like scrambled eggs. They may look interesting, but the green color is fun and perfect for certain holidays! †
I hope that I gave you some ideas on healthy eating. There is no right way or wrong way to make a recipe. If you have an idea, try it! If it’s good, yay! If it’s bad, you know for next time :-)†
Now that we are done with joints, we will be moving on to our next topic soon! †
- This recipe was made with the help of nutritionist Allison Might
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Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND
For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]
Last week we started off our discussion of arthritis with osteoarthritis (OA). This week we will be looking at rheumatoid arthritis (RA). When most people think of RA they think of joint pain and while that is true RA is much more than just a joint disease. RA is an autoimmune disorder which involves the immune system attacking the joints. This inflammatory response affects both the cartilage and the underlying bone. However, unlike in OA where other parts of the body are relatively unaffected in RA multiple systems are affected by the disease. In RA for example the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, nerves and even the blood vessels can all be affected. † (1)
The first signs of RA involve the joints. Typically, the affected joints will be swollen, warm and in the morning, they will be very stiff and need to be “warmed up” as people say. Interestingly this is different from the joint pain we see in OA where there is no difference in the morning meaning that there is no morning inflammation or morning joint pain that just needs to be “warmed up”. As the autoimmune disease progresses in its severity the underlying tendons can become affected, and this leads to the structural changes typically seen in RA. I would like to point out that in addition to the structural changes seen in the fingers there can often be similar structural changes in the toes. This is important since it can affect mobility in the long run. (2) Please see the attached pictures. † (3) (4)
As I said earlier due to the fact that RA is an autoimmune illness other parts of the body are affected and will show signs of the illness. As I discuss each individual aspect of the disease, I will go over how the systems are affected. To start with the very beginning the skin can develop something called a rheumatoid nodule. These typically occur over areas such as the elbow, heels, and the knuckles. † (5) Please see picture (6)
Additionally, vasculitis, which is inflamed blood vessels, can also occur in the skin. Other symptoms of RA that can occur in the skin include but are not limited to the following: Pyoderma gangrenosum, sweets syndrome, Erythema nodosum and even atrophy of the skin of the fingers. † (7)
RA can also affect the lungs and cause signs of respiratory illness. In fact, having symptoms of lung disease when you have RA is so common it even has a name – Rheumatoid lung disease or lung fibrosis. As I said this is a well-known complication of RA. Caplan syndrome is a diagnosis that describes lung nodules that occur when RA is present. † (8)
In addition to symptoms of lung disease individuals with RA often experience comorbidity of the heart and blood vessels. For example, these can include an increased risk of atherosclerosis, MI, and stroke. Other possible complications can include pericarditis, endocarditis, valvulitis and fibrosis. † (9)
Anemia as well as a decrease in white blood cells can also occur. When the inflammation is not well controlled, we can also see an increase in platelet count. † (10)
RA can also affect the kidneys and cause symptoms of kidney disease. It can affect the liver as well and cause symptoms of liver disease. In the long run it can even cause vision changes as it affects our eyes. Over time as the autoimmune aspects of RA starts to affect the nerves, we can start to see signs of neuropathy. † (11)
The general symptoms of RA include fatigue, low grade fever, malaise, morning stiffness, and periodontal disease. † (12)
COMMON RISK FACTORS
There are some very common risk factors for RA. For those with RA in their family tree the risk of developing RA increases 3 to 5X that of someone without a family history. In fact is estimated that genetics account for 40-65% of sero-positive RA and 20% of sero-negative RA. (13) Smoking has been found to increase the risk of RA 3X compared to nonsmokers! †(14)
Studies have found that having vitamin D levels that are lower than optimum can increase the risk of developing RA. † (15)
Anything that increases inflammation can also increase the risk of RA. This can include the standard American diet, stress and even other autoimmune disorders. As I mentioned in my article series on digestion having leaky gut is a risk factor for all autoimmune disorders including RA. Studies also show a link between RA and gluten sensitivities. † (16)
As I mentioned previously RA is diagnosed with blood work as well as certain imaging tests. Blood work can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatments. In addition to any treatments recommend by your doctor the following may be helpful:
WHAT CAN BE HELPFUL?
1. Lifestyle changes such as stop smoking! †
2. Making dietary changes – A Mediterranean diet has been found to be anti-inflammatory in studies! (17) I would also suggest increasing anti-inflammatory foods – such as leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, berries of all types, cherries, oily fish, avocados, olive oil and nuts. † (18)
3. Working on the inflammation part of RA sometimes requires supplements in addition to diet! †
–> Turmeric has been found to lower inflammation and help with the morning stiffness as well as the inflammation seen in RA. (19) Please see Invite’s Biocurcumin, Turmeric with ginger and Curcumin blend! †
–> Boswellia has been found to reduce inflammatory parameters in studies. (20) Please see Invite’s Biocurcumin!†
–> Ginger has been found to reduce inflammatory factors hs-CRP and IL-1β or in other words it helps to reduce the inflammation seen in RA. (21) Please see Invite’s Turmeric with ginger. †
–> Omega 3’s may have an effect on disease activity especially the swollen and crooked joints. (22) Please see Invite’s Fish oil, Krill oil, and Inflammune.†
–> D3 is important to supplement when you are low. † (23)
4. If the leaky gut is causing the inflammation, it’s important to heal the gut! Please refer to my series on GI health. †
5. We also want to work on protecting the joints! †
–> Collagen has been found to lower joint inflammation and joint pain. (24) While more studies on collagen are important to do at this time current studies show that collagen may help to promote the growth of cartilage damaged by OA or RA. (25) Please see Invite’s Collagen Hx, Collagex HA, Collagen tablets and Cartilage Hx!†
–> Hyaluronic acid has been found in studies to help promote cartilage repair as well as reduce inflammation. (26) Please see Invite’s Hylauronic Acid with Devil’s Claw†
6. Lastly let’s protect some of the other organs affected by RA! †
–> For lung health there are a number of products that can help! NAC has been found to improve respiratory function. (27) Black seed is also amazing for lung health and respiratory function. (28) Please see Invite’s NAC and Black seed with Rosemary†
–> Coq10 is amazing for heart health! Please see all Invite’s Coq10 products! †
–>Resveratrol is amazing for so many different areas. It helps the lungs, heart and is just an amazing antioxidant! (29) Please see Invite’s Resveratrol 100mg Hx and our new Resvertrol Max formula†
–> Bilberry has been found in studies to help with vision and eye heath. (30) For this and other amazing eye nutrients please see our Macula Hx and Macula Advanced Hx†
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