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Natural Joint Pain Relief: Boswellia Extract Is An Effective Therapy For Osteoarthritis

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Did you know that the Biblical-era incense frankincense was most likely an extract from the resin of the tree known as Natural Joint Pain Relief: Boswellia Extract Boswellia?

Four species of Boswellia trees - found mainly in Africa and Asia - are known for their fragrant resin. They are also well-known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic properties.

However, Boswellia is more than just an ancient herbal remedy.

A recent review of studies on the effects of Boswellia extract on osteoarthritis concluded that it provided clinically effective natural joint pain relief, with no serious safety issues. The review authors noted that evidence for the effectiveness of Boswellia extracts was ‘encouraging’.

Further evidence comes from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of Boswellia extract on 30 patients from India with osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disorder which typically affects the knee joint.

In the study, two groups of 15 patients were given either Boswellia extract or placebo for eight weeks. After the initial eight weeks, each group was ‘crossed over’ to receive the opposite therapy for eight weeks.

All patients receiving drug treatment reported a significant decrease in knee pain, improved knee flexibility and increased walking distance. Not only that, the frequency of swelling in the knee joint was reduced.

It’s worth noting that every one of the patients treated with Boswellia extract found relief from their pain and suffering.

The authors noted that “observed differences between drug treated and placebo being statistically significant, are clinically relevant”. Boswellia extract was well tolerated except for minor gut disturbances.

The study authors recommend Boswellia extract as a therapy for natural joint pain relief in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, with possible uses in other forms of arthritis as well.

If you too suffer from pain and stiffness in your knee, back and hips, IVL’s Alleviate™ - which contains Boswellia extract, along with many other natural anti-inflammatory components - offers a 100% natural, effective way to help ease your pain and suffering.

Order IVL’s Alleviate™ today for improved joint flexibility, pain relief and better overall mobility. 

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4 Reasons Alleviate Helps to Relieve Chronic Joint Pain

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How to Ease Osteoarthritis Pain?

by Health News
 

 Top 5 Ways to Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

Do you suffer from any of the painful and debilitating symptoms of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease?
 
If you do, you’re not alone. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the US, affecting nearly 27 million people.
 
Cartilage loss because of genetic, developmental or purely mechanical reasons exposes bone surfaces and leads to joint degradation. Joint cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone at various joints, leading to typical symptoms of osteoarthritis such as joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and locking.
 
Not only that - reduced joint movement and mobility can cause muscles and ligaments to weaken further.
 
Treatment is typically a combination of exercise, lifestyle changes and painkillers. If pain completely disrupts the patient’s lifestyle, joint replacement surgery may be needed to improve quality of life.
 
Here are 5 things you can do to ease osteoarthritis pain:
  1. Maintain a healthy weight, even lose weight if necessary. Every pound less on your body means 4 pounds less pressure on your knees - while some people may see their symptoms disappear completely if they lose 10-20 pounds.
  2. Physical activity is essential if you have osteoarthritis, whether walking around your apartment or swimming laps. Exercise programs should include aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, or biking along with strengthening exercises - although if you have knee osteoarthritis you should cut down on your running mileage and run on softer surfaces like tracks and dirt paths.
  3. Acupuncture may help. Some people have found that acupuncture helps relieve their pain and disability, but not everyone benefits.
  4. Glucosamine may help relieve your arthritis pain, although the type of glucosamine matters. Glucosamine sulfate was beneficial when patients took 1500 milligrams once a day - while glucosamine hydrochloride does not seem to help.
  5. Capsaicin cream can also help to relieve your osteoarthritis pain, perhaps by depleting nerve endings at joints of pain-transmitting chemicals known as ‘substance P’ and calcitonin gene-related protein.
If you are experiencing the typical symptoms of osteoarthritis, why not try one or more of these solutions today?
 
 
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What's the #1 Supplement Every Man Should Take?

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What's the #1 Supplement Every Man Should Take

One of the most important things men can do to stay healthy and energetic is to take an Omega 3 supplement.  Now, fish oil is nothing new to you.  It’s so well-researched and documented that even the American Heart Association suggests you take fish oil supplements too—and for good reason.
 
Fish oil owes its health-boosting power to two compounds your cells crave.  They’re called Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), also known as Omega-3 fatty acids. And they are the fundamental building blocks of virtually every organ, tissue and cell in the body.
 
Dozens of studies over the years reveal that Omega 3’s are capable of almost mind-boggling health benefits.  They help boost levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.  Omega 3’s can improve mood and cognition, reduce joint and muscle aches and keep your heart beating long and strong. They can boost blood flow and support healthy digestion, too!
 
Promotes Healthy Triglyceride Levels
 
According Mid-America Heart Institute, Omega 3’s can lower triglyceride levels anywhere from 25% to 30%.  Another study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology found that high levels of Omega 3’s reduced triglycerides as much as 38% and increased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol by 24%.
 
[retrieved from: http://www.oilofpisces.com/cholesterol.html.  Harris, William S. n-3 fatty acids and serum lipoproteins: human studies. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 65 (suppl), 1997, pp. 1645S-54S.
 
Cullen, Paul. Evidence that triglycerides are an independent coronary heart disease risk factor. American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 86, November 1, 2000, pp. 943-49]
 
Eases joint pain
 
Fish oil is great for your joints, too. Several studies show that patients taking Omega-3 fish oil experienced less stiffness and fewer joint aches than they had without taking the capsules. In a study of patients with joint problems, 53% of the patients in the Omega-3 group showed significant relief of their symptoms compared to only 10% in the placebo group.
 
[Geusens, Piet, et. Al. Long-term effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on active rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, Vol. 37, June 1994]
 
Protects your brain from “aging”
 
Plus, research suggests that Omega 3’s can actually help keep your brain and memory young! A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that Omega 3 fatty acids slow the aging of the brain by supporting healthy inflammation response. Dr. Lawrence Whalley of Aberdeen University in Scotland stated, "The results suggest that … aging of their brain is being slowed down by a year or two."
[http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Fish-oil-supplements-slow-ageing-of-brain]
 
Other research suggests they can protect against age-related vision loss, support healthy blood sugar levels, and even reduce inflammation in the lungs that causes shortness of breath.
 
So How Much Omega 3’s Do You Need?
 
When it comes to Omega 3’s, the rule is: the more, the better. The recommended daily amount of Omega 3 is 1,000 mg per day of EPA and DHA combined.  If you’re concerned about your heart or brain health, you should probably take about 2,000 mg of Omega 3 fish oil per da . Unless you eat several meals of fish every week, your dietary intake probably doesn’t come close to that. That’s why it’s best to take supplements.
 
However, not all fish oil supplements are created equal.  To keep prices low, many fish oil suppliers get their stock from the cheapest possible sources.  Other manufacturers use unstable commodity oils that begin to oxidize – or rot – as soon as they’re exposed to oxygen, light, and heat.  That’s why so many fish oil supplements may give you an upset stomach or that uncomfortable fish burp after taking them.
 
The richest sources for essential EPA and DHA are small cold water fish such as anchovies, mackerel and wild sardines. These small fish contain the ocean’s highest natural oil content. Plus, they are usually free of the pollutants and toxins found in larger species of fatty fish.
 
Also, make sure the fish oil you buy includes antioxidants to help maintain stability and protect against a fishy aftertaste.
 
HEALTH TIP:
Omega-Max  by the Institute of Vibrant Living is recommended by doctors in Europe and the United States. For the first time ever, the highest-quality fish oil from anchovies and sardines found in the North Sea has been combined with the finest bioflavonoid, antioxidants, CoQ10 and resveratrol to reduce inflammation and cholesterol, promote circulation and increase presence of nitric oxide – which is the miracle nutrient required for optimum blood flow through the arteries.  Learn more about Omega-Max here.

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Healthy Recipes: Ginger Salmon

by Nancy Maneely

Healthy Recipes: Ginger SalmonGinger adds a lovely, distinctive flavor to many recipes, but it’s the anti-inflammatory properties of this ancient root that makes it an indispensable addition to the kitchen pantry.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, in addition to its benefit as an anti-inflammatory agent, ginger provides relief of nausea, chest congestion, and  joint pain from arthritis and bursitis.

Dr. Weil recommends:

For inflammatory conditions, 1 or 2 g of powdered ginger a day. For nausea and prevention of motion sickness, take 1,000 mg as a preventive and 500 mg every four hours as needed, or eat two pieces of crystallized ginger or take ginger syrup or tea. For cold relief, brew tea with one-inch piece of peeled and grated ginger root per two cups of water; bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for five minutes; add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and simmer one minute more. Remove from heat. Add two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, one or two cloves of mashed garlic and honey to taste. Let cool slightly and strain. that is the real miracle.

This recipe for Ginger Salmon combines the anti-inflammatory power of fresh ginger with the omega-3  goodness of salmon and antioxidant-rich olive oil, for a delicious and nutritious main course. Bonus: it’s incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Add a tossed salad and a glass of wine and you have a light, elegant summer supper fit for company!

Ginger Salmon
(4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 pound salmon fillets

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, blend olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard and ginger

3. Brush salmon fillets evenly with the olive oil mixture. Place in a medium baking dish. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition information per serving:

249 calories, 14.7g total fat, 67mg cholesterol

 

What is your favorite ginger remedy?

Sources:
Allrecipes.com
Drweil.com: Herbal Remedies

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Natural Pain Relief

by Health News

We all suffer from pain occasionally, whether it’s a headache, menstrual cramps, arthritis or an injured limb. Occasional pain is manageable, but what about chronic or recurrent pain? If you suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, it’s important to consult with your healthcare professional and get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Once you know what’s going on, perhaps you will be interested in natural, everyday things you can do to help minimize chronic pain and even improve your health along the way. Here are some natural pain relievers you might not know about:

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Reclining. Make sure you have an office chair that allows you
to recline backward slightly instead of sitting up perfectly straight or slouched forward. This position takes pressure off of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support your upper body. If you can’t adjust your chair, roll up a towel or strap a lumbar pad to your chair to create the same effect.

Don’t sit for too long. If you have a desk job, it’s very difficult to remember to take regular stretch-and-walk breaks. But to minimize the chances developing or exacerbating stiff, strained muscles and joints, it’s essential that you take these breaks. Set a timer on your computer or phone to go every 30 minutes to remind you to get up and move. Take a bathroom break, get a cup of coffee, file papers, etc.  Even moving around for just 60 seconds each time stretches and loosens tight muscles.

Smell some lavender. According to Hyla Cass, MD and author of Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health, “When this aroma reaches the brain, it stimulates production of calming, pain-soothing alpha waves.”

Try some meadowsweet tea. Meadowsweet tea is rich in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. But it won’t upset your stomach like aspirin as it contains a unique blend of stomach-soothing mucilage and tannins that prevents the common side effect of an upset stomach. You can find meadowsweet tea in most health food stores.
 

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10 Supplements to Reduce Chronic Joint Pain

by Nancy Maneely

Chronic Joint PainIntegrative health guru Dr. Andrew Weil says, “The root of all degenerative diseases just may be inflammation.”

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to something wrong. When damage threatens – whether from viruses, bacteria, pollutants, chemicals, allergens, injuries – white blood cells are sent to attack the offenders. After the injury or offender is taken care of, the normal body response is to back down. But an abnormal inflammation response continues attacking, and the result is chronic tissue destruction, damage from “free radicals,” and loss of healthy circulation.

There are many ways to reduce inflammation. One is medication prescribed by your doctor. Another is following a healthy diet. Exercise is important, and so is stress reduction.

You can also try the following natural supplements which have been shown to be effective as complementary and alternative therapies to help eliminate or reduce inflammation and chronic joint pain:

  1. Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables (ASU) helps rebuild damaged cartilage. ASU is a specially processed form of avocado and soy oils. Eating avocado and soy will not give the same results.
  2. Omega-3 oils. Fish oil supplements reduce inflammation.
  3. Vitamin D3 improves muscle strength and physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis who are low in Vitamin D. Low levels of Vitamin D increase pain.
  4. Curcumin. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects and may benefit both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Ginger reduces pain as well as ibuprofen and helps reduce inflammation.
  6. Green lipped mussel. In one study this supplement reduced pain in 80 percent of patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis.
  7. Boswellia is a natural anti-inflammatory and has action similar to NSAIDs without damaging the stomach and intestinal tract.
  8. Tart cherry. Eating 10-20 tart cherries a day reduces inflammation from gout and arthritis.
  9. MSM helps reduce pain and improve joint function.
  10. Vitamins A, B1, B5, B6 and E have been shown to bring natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and slow the progress of arthritis.

What is your favorite joint health supplement?

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Natural Anti-Inflammatory Supplements vs. NSAIDs

by Health News
Anti Inflammatory Supplements vs NSAIDs

Inflammation is the common element in many chronic and debilitating health conditions, including arthritis, tendonitis and colitis (if it has “itis” at the end of it, it means inflammation). Many people take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications regularly just so that they can function. Such medications work by inhibiting prostaglandin (hormone responsible for inflammation) synthesis. While NSAIDs may provide symptomatic relief from the pain and discomfort, such medications can have serious side effects over the long term, including kidney damage, digestive problems and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The good news is there are some safer, natural alternatives that have shown promising results in studies examining their anti-inflammatory potential. Here are a few of them:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. In a review* conducted at Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy in 2009, researchers concluded “A large body of evidence supports a protective effect of omega-3 PUFA in experimental animal and ex-vivo models of Crohn's disease (CD), Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).”

Quercetin. The bioflavonoid Quercetin is believed to support the body against inflammation by inhibiting the production and activity of pro-inflammatory biochemicals such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins and to block the release of histamine, the biochemical that causes allergic symptoms like runny nose and itchy eyes. But a study** conducted at the University of South Carolina and published in 2009 suggests that Quercetin may also help the body by promoting “mitochondrial biogenesis” (the formation of mitochondria, the “power plants” in our cells) and in doing so, increase exercise tolerance.

Bromelain. Bromelain is a protein-dissolving enzyme that comes from the stem and fruit of pineapple. Its anti-inflammatory effect seems to come from its ability to mitigate leukocyte (white blood cell) activity (white blood cells fight infection but also contribute to inflammation). A 2007 study*** at Duke University suggests that Bromelain has a significant anti-inflammatory effect against ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, two very debilitating forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20041815
http://ajpregu.physiology.org/content/296/4/R1071.long
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2269703/

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Nutrition and Joint Health: A Logical Connection

by Health News
Chronic Joint Pain Relief IVL Products

Many of us take our joints for granted. It’s not until we have a serious injury or arthritis strikes that we realize just how much we rely on our joints to get us where we need to go and carry out simple tasks. Nobody appreciates healthy, flexible, pain-free joints more than arthritis sufferers.

While most people turn to medications to treat arthritis, there is increasing evidence that dietary changes might bring long-term relief to arthritis sufferers. “Managing arthritis is about lifestyle and overall diet pattern coupled with quality medical treatment by a rheumatologist," explains Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D., a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Changes in arthritis symptoms that may relate to overall dietary pattern are not likely to happen overnight. Some people may find that over time -- three to six months -- a plant-based, Mediterranean-type diet may help them feel better."

Here are some examples of foods that might support healthy joints:

Fruits and vegetables. Certain plant foods have been deemed "anti-inflammatory," as they can ease the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis. A 2010 study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that a plant-based diet of fruits and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and kale, along with alliums, such as garlic, onions and leeks, showed some improvement with osteoarthritis of the hip.
 
Green tea.  Potent plant compounds in green tea leaves called catechins, have anti- inflammatory and antioxidant effects that appear to stave off oxidative damage in joints. A 2010 review in Arthritis Research and Therapy showed that EGCG protects cartilage from breaking down and maintains the integrity of collagen in the presence of joint disorders. Although more research is needed, green tea shows enough promise that it may be worth drinking at least three to four cups a day.

Mediterranean diet. Dietary patterns that show promise in lowering inflammation, according to a 2010 review in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, are low in saturated fat from red and processed meat, and plentiful in fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, fish and olive oil -- like the Mediterranean diet.

Did you ever consider a change in diet could help improve joint health?
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Chronic Pain Relief Supplements

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Feverfew: Broad Spectrum Pain Relief

Feverfew is a medicinal plant that has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, including chronic joint pain. It grows throughout North and South America as well as many parts of Europe. It is a very pretty plant, with daisy-like flowers and citrus-scented leaves. It has proven beneficial against many painful and common complaints, including migraine headaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis to name just a few.

Feverfew and Chronic Joint Pain

Feverfew has also been used for relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Chemicals in Feverfew may reduce the body's production of substances that initiate and prolong inflammation. Inflammation usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage, and it can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. Chemicals in feverfew are thought to prevent blood components called platelets from releasing substances that cause this inflammation.

Feverfew can be purchased as a stand-alone herbal powder (in tablet or capsule form), as an extract (in liquid or tablet form) or may be included as an ingredient a naturopathic nutritional supplement. Feverfew products can be purchased in most health food stores.

Feverfew and Migraines

While current studies show that Feverfew isn’t effective against migraines that are already at their most painful, these studies suggest that Feverfew is effective in preventing and lessening the severity of migraine headaches, reducing blood vessel inflammation and spasm, which are believed to cause migraine pain.

Feverfew and Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods)

While no clinical studies yet show its effectiveness in treating dysmenorrheal, Feverfew is believed to reduce levels of prostaglandin, a hormone produced by the uterine lining that is known to cause menstrual pain and inflammation.

What natural products have you used for chronic pain?


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Natural Relief From Joint Pain

by Health News
Nearly 70 million adults suffer from arthritis or chronic joint pain and that number is expected to rise exponentially as more and more baby boomers enter their golden years. Unfortunately, many Americans turn to over-the-counter and prescription medications which may temporarily relieve discomfort but do nothing to alleviate the root cause of chronic pain.

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4 Reasons Alleviate Helps to Relieve Chronic Joint Pain

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The Institute for Vibrant Living Alleviate Joint SupplementStomach-Safe Inflammation Fighting Power of Boswellin
Gum extract from the boswellia serrata tree has been used for centuries in India as a natural anti-inflammatory, without irritating the stomach. Alleviate™ supports your muscles and joints with 500 mg of the highest-grade boswellin available anywhere.

The active agents of the gum resin are called boswellic acids, which are nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory compounds that provide fast joint pain relief without the gastrointestinal side effects of aspirin and other NSAIDs.

Powerful Antioxidant and Natural Anti-Inflammatory Action of Ginger Root
In India and China, ginger has been used for centuries to help cleanse the colon, reduce spasms and cramps and stimulate circulation. Its powerful antioxidant action can help with many health problems including indigestion, motion sickness, and hot flashes. But ginger root is best known for its amazing anti-inflammatory action.

Numerous studies support the view that ginger can help improve morning stiffness, swelling, and joint pain associated with arthritis. Alleviate™ contains 200mg of the finest quality, pure ginger root extract to provide you with maximum anti-inflammatory and pain-fighting relief.

Potent Pain and Swelling Relief of White Willow Bark
The key to Alleviate’s fast-acting pain relief is 1,000mg of white willow bark. Salicin, a derivative of white willow bark, has been used for centuries to reduce pain and swelling in arthritic joints. This powerful, natural anti-inflammatory was the inspiration used to develop the synthetic drug we know as aspirin. However unlike aspirin, pure white willow bark as found in Alleviate™ contains natural tannins, which are actually good for your digestive tract.
 
Healthy Joint Power of Calcium Ascorbate (vitamin C)
Your body needs and uses vitamin C for tissue growth and repair. Essential in the formation of collagen, vitamin C also protects against blood clotting and bruising, and promotes the healing of wounds and burns.

Pure calcium ascorbate as found in Alleviate™ gives you 114mg of calcium per 1,000mg of ascorbic acid. Calcium in this form is well absorbed and supports the maintenance of strong bones and joints.

And it is substantiated by hundreds of real letters from real people who credit Alleviate™ with totally changing their lives, like these:

JOINT IMPROVEMENT IN JUST 30 DAYS!
“I have been taking Alleviate caps for the past 30 days and I must say that an improvement in my knees and elbow joints is starting to show. I have better range of motion and feel better when I am out working in the yard squatting and bending and in my daily walks. I plan to continue using your formula 'Alleviate' in the future, to continue my Good Health. Thanks!” -B. J. Vera

WONDERFUL FOR MY JOINT PAIN!
“I am on my second bottle of Alleviate. It has helped me more than any other I have taken. It is a wonderful medicine for arthritis. I don't have pain like before. I feel pretty good for a man age 90. Have to say this is a good product.” -G. E Reid

GETTING MUSCLE TONE BACK!
"I have used many herbs from the 90's up to this day. Also used prescription medicine. They just masked the pain and had a lot of side effects. Some of the herbs helped a little until my system got used to it, the pain started again. Since using Alleviate I'm feeling better, getting good night’s sleep, getting muscle tone back. Thank you." -E.L. Chinle AZ

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Regular Exercise Provides Amazing Benefits for Arthritis Sufferers

by Health News

When arthritis pain flares up and every single movement is fraught with pain, the very thought of exercising can be enough to make you cringe. But medical researchers agree that exercise is vital for the treatment and prevention of the pain associated with arthritis. According to the National Institutes of Health, arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability and more than 50 million adults suffer from the disease.  Many sufferers are not involved in any type of exercise program even though research has confirmed that regular physical movement keeps joints strong and lubricated which helps control swelling and pain. As an added bonus, exercise helps keep off the excess pounds that put additional stress on achy joints. 

Because people with arthritis sometimes resort to sedentary lifestyle they put themselves at higher risks for other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer.  Exercise also provides significant psychological benefits for people who are struggling with the pain, limited mobility and lifestyle adjustments that are associated with arthritis.  The type of exercise that is best for you will depend on the type of arthritis you have, the joints involved, and the amount of inflammation. You should consult your holistic practitioner or physical therapist to develop a personalized plan. 

Yoga, Tai Chi and warm water exercises are good choices for most people because they involve slow, fluid movements that relax muscles and improve range of motion. Yoga stretches not only the muscles but also the soft tissues of or body, including ligaments, tendons and the fascia sheath that surrounds the muscles. Yoga is safe for people of all ages and fitness levels because the exercises cater to the needs of each individual.  Tai Chi is a gentle form or martial arts that originated in ancient China and involves a series of slow movements similar to those used in yoga. 
 
Warm water exercises provide excellent benefits for people with arthritis. Warm water provides soothing relief for sore muscles and helps support the body while the joints are moved through the range of motion. When you immerse your body in warm water your body temperature rises which causes your blood vessels to dilate and increases circulation.

Walking is another good activity for arthritis sufferers. Walking strengthens the bones and also helps keep the joints flexible. With spring just around the corner, walking provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and explore the wonders of nature.  

If you are among the 50 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, it’s time to get moving. Don’t be tempted to give in to a sedentary lifestyle because inactivity is your worst enemy. Make exercise a central part of your overall arthritis management plan so you can maximize your mobility and keep your pain at bay.


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Natural Relief for Chronic Joint Pain

by Not in Use Not In Use

Chronic joint pain is an affliction that millions of Americans must live with every day. Some of these problems are severe and require medical attention and rehabilitation; others, however, can be alleviated and/or prevented through changes in lifestyle. As with other aspects of good health, proper care and self-monitoring can go a long way in preserving activity, functionality, and increase energy naturally.

Many sufferers of chronic joint pain have found relief in various forms of physical therapy; but physical therapy is a fancy way of talking about exercise. And while therapy may be a more focused and efficient method for dealing with a specific pain, exercise is a general term for overall maintenance of the whole body. But which types of exercise are the most effective in relieving joint pain?

Yoga is one of the best total body activities to deal with chronic afflictions, especially those of born from injury or wear and tear. Yoga increases flexibility, strength, and posture in practitioners, while oxygenating the blood and naturally boosting energy.

Your joints, your muscles, and your cardiovascular system all benefit from the many complex positions. Scientifically, studies have demonstrated that sufferers from rheumatoid arthritis have shown marked improvement from practicing yoga. Other exercise regiments that offer relief from chronic joint pain while minimizing the chance of further injury include swimming, tai chi, and cycling.

As for dietary efforts,herbal supplements that contain anti-inflammatory agents can assuage chronic pain. These include turmeric, green tea, ginger, rosemary, cat’s claw, devil’s claw, and willow bark. Other nutritional supplements that can be of help are fish oil and Vitamin D. Fish oil gives the body much needed Omega-3s, while Vitamin D can positively affect both fibromyalgia and bone and joint pain. The best source of Vitamin D is plenty of sunlight, but supplements have shown to be beneficial as well.

Maintaining your body is analogous to maintaining an automobile. With proper care and the right fuel, you can minimize long term effects and stay running for years to come.

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The Benefits of Ginger

by Not in Use Not In Use

The use of ginger as a medicinal aid dates back thousands of years to Ancient China and India. Herbalists of Eastern medicine used it as a veritable panacea, recognizing early on its beneficial effects on everything from minor pains to upset stomachs. More recently, Western science has determined that indeed there are definite benefits from this common root, and it is used by doctors in both hemispheres. So what can ginger do for you?

What is Ginger?

Ginger is technically referred to as a rhizome (literally “mass of roots”) - the horizontal stem found in the ground that sends out roots. Originally found in Southeast Asia, it was desired for both its subtle flavor and its medicinal properties.

What Can Ginger Do?

Herbalists swear by ginger as a relief from nausea, digestive problems, heartburn, and arthritis, and can assist blood circulation in the body. But even for a healthy person, ginger has benefits. It may prevent colon cancer, studies show, diabetic nephropathy (a kidney ailment), and can ward off colds and the flu.

How Is Ginger Best Taken?

Ginger is a staple condiment in Eastern cooking, often grated or thinly sliced and taken with meals. It also can be made into oil and used to massage areas of localised chronic pain. Ginger tea is now commonly found in health stores and local markets, and can be helpful as well. For busy people who can’t always be grating ginger onto their lunch meals, ginger can be effective when taken as a supplement. When looking for a supplement, make sure that they contain gingerols and shogaols, the ginger plant's active ingredients.

However taken, ginger is a great way of maintaining a healthful routine, and should be seen as a preventive rather than a curative. Put some on your California roll the next time you order sushi!