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10 Natural Remedies for Arthritis

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Tart Cherry Juice

    Pucker up! Tart cherry juice can act as an antioxidant—eliminating pain by reducing the stress on cells, says Jillian Finker, ND, a naturopathic doctor in Bellmore, New York, and author of It's About Wellness, Naturally. It also helps calm down inflammation by lowering certain proteins that cause swelling. Healthy side effect alert: The fruit elixir increases melatonin, which means it will help you sleep and reduce pain. Sip one to two tablespoons before bed.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Boron

    This mighty mineral is a pain-relieving powerhouse, says Kimberly Wilson, NMD, a naturopathic doctor in Plano, Texas. It's found in a variety of foods, including almonds, avocados, broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, and plums. It can be difficult to get from food alone, so consider taking a 10mg supplement daily.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Fish Oil

    Two types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil could be just what you need to combat those pesky aches and pains. The oil works by decreasing inflammation, which gives joints a chance to heal, even in more severe rheumatoid arthritis cases, Finker says. A typical dosage runs from 1,000 to 3,000mg—depending on your weight. Just make sure the fish oil is pure and that it's been tested by a third party for heavy metals and other contaminants.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Acupuncture

    A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that acupuncture helps eliminate chronic pain associated with arthritis. The exact reason is still a little cloudy, but it's thought that the treatment helps regulate the body's perception of pain by promoting the release of endorphins.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Turmeric

    This spice helps increase joint mobility and health—and it's been shown to be as effective as ibuprofen at combating pain, according to Finker. But you can't just throw a few dashes on your favorite dish and expect to be ache-free. You need to take an actual 400 to 800mg daily supplement (the amount depends on your weight and health).

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Vitamin D

    Vitamin D deficiency can lead to increased arthritic flare-ups and pain, so make sure you're taking a daily vitamin D supplement to preempt any irritating symptoms or joint dysfunction, Finker says. Bonus: It will strengthen your bones, too.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Eat the Right Vegetables

    A category of veggies called "nightshades"—consisting of eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes—has been linked to increased inflammation. But don't dump all your garden produce. Load up on plenty of anti-starchy vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and K—all arthritis-approved nutrients. Spinach, kale, and collard greens are great choices.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Glucosamine Sulfate

    When the body lacks the capability to produce glucosamine (usually due to old age), the cartilage loses its gel-like nature and ability to act as a shock absorber, which may worsen arthritis pain and joint deterioration, according to Wilson. A good dosage is a 500mg supplement three times a day.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Thermal Baths

    Relief from arthritis discomfort and a trip to the spa sounds like a win-win to us. According to Wilson, arthritis sufferers who take a soak in a sulfur bath have less morning stiffness, better walking ability, and less inflammation, pain, and swelling in the joints. Book a spa sesh pronto.

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    Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Ginger

    Ginger contains chemicals that help deflate inflammation, says Lawrence Taw, MD, an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. If you're not quite sure how to sneak some of the knotty herb into your daily diet, try adding it into some of your favorite dishes, like stir-fry, or picking up a ginger tea.