10 Natural Remedies for Arthritis
Last updated on April 8, 2006
There are many natural remedies for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This list focuses on food remedies. There are also many beneficial natural supplements that are not listed here.
For some people with arthritis, drinking tart cherry juice three times per day may have anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Research suggests that consuming more omega-3 fatty acids may benefit people with arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, trout, and tuna. Another kind of omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found in green leafy vegetables, olive oil and flaxseed oil. Replacing omega-6 oils like corn oil and safflower oil with olive oil can improve the ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-6 fatty acids are good for you, but most Americans get too much of them.
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. (See our list of the 4 Best Cinnamon Powders before you buy to make sure you’re getting true Ceylon cinnamon and not cassia.)
Due to its bromelain content, pineapple has been shown to significantly relieve the pain and stiffness of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Fresh pineapple works best rather than canned or frozen.
One study showed that green tea may improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It has also been shown to protect the stomach from the effects of NSAID pain relievers. Many people with arthritis find soothing comfort from ginger tea.
It is a great source of copper. Copper deficiency has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis. It is also a superior source of bone-strengthening calcium.
The main ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, is commonly used as a topical treatment for arthritis. Taken orally, cayenne pepper aids circulation.
Also known as curcumin, turmeric is part of the ginger family and like ginger, it is a natural anti-inflammatory. (If you want to try turmeric for your arthritis, see 7 Best Turmeric Supplements and 6 Best Turmeric Powder Brands before you buy.)
A natural anti-inflammatory, garlic is also a natural pain reliever and contains a good amount of arthritis-friendly selenium.