By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
August 16, 2017
- Common knee pain treatments that don’t work
- 4 nutrients that shut down knee pain
- The one thing your knees need every day
If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, there is a long list of things you shouldn’t do… and an equally long list of things you should do.
So today I’m going to make things extremely easy for you. First I’ll show you what doesn’t work to ease knee pain… then I’ll clearly explain what does.
Don’t take acetaminophen. The effect it has on pain and disability in arthritic knees is so small that it’s not even worthwhile. Plus, this type of pain reliever is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.
Skip the NSAID pain relievers like Aleve (naproxen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Celebrex (celecoxib). These medications are known to accelerate the breakdown of joint cartilage and prevent the formation of new cartilage. They can literally speed up the progression of arthritis! Worse, NSAIDs can trigger heart attack, stroke – even cardiac arrest – within just weeks of use.
Just say no to corticosteroid injections. When patients with knee arthritis receive repeated injections of triamcinolone, they experience significantly greater cartilage loss than patients injected with a plain saline solution. In other words, these shots make arthritis worse! To top it off, the corticosteroid injections don’t result in any significant difference in knee pain.
Think long and hard before deciding on knee surgery. Awhile back a group of patients with arthritic knees took part in an experiment. All of them went into an operating room and had their knees cut open for surgery.
The thing is, some of the surgeries were real, and others were bogus. The surgeons didn’t actually perform the operation on some of the patients… but the patients didn’t know it. Two years later neither group – those with real surgeries or those with fake ones – reported less pain or better knee function.
However, this doesn’t mean you’re out of options. So let’s take a look at some real solutions for those stiff and aching knees.
4 Nutrients to Shut Down Knee Pain
Osteoarthritis is generally caused by a breakdown in your joint cartilage. This can happen for many different reasons: being overweight, a joint injury, or simply stress on the joints from a specific job or sport.
Here’s the problem: Most of the cartilage in your joints is comprised of collagen. As it breaks down and becomes exposed, your immune response goes into overdrive. It’s this inflammatory reaction that produces pain. It’s also this inflammatory reaction that increases the amount of cartilage being destroyed.
The idea, then, is to shut down this inflammatory response. And there are several nutrients that can do just that.
A favorite of mine is green lipped mussel extract. It’s high in something called “furan” fatty acids. These fatty acids scavenge damaging free radicals. Just 150 mg. daily can reduce joint tenderness, morning stiffness and improve pain levels.
I also like an enzyme found in pineapple, called bromelain. It helps keep certain inflammatory substances (bradykinin and fibrinogen) from building up around your joints and triggering inflammation. Taking 200 mg daily can reduce pain, stiffness and swelling.
Another good choice is chicken cartilage extract. It contains type II collagen. This is the type of collagen that’s needed for the synthesis and repair of connective tissue. Taking 400 mg daily may provide anti-inflammatory activity and improve joint flexibility.
The most exciting, however, is curcumin. In fact, I’m so impressed by this nutrient that I’m right in the middle of creating my own formula.
In particular, curcumin shuts down inflammation by blocking enzymes that produce pain. In the majority of cases, people who take curcumin are able to stop taking dangerous anti-inflammatory drugs within just weeks. In fact, it’s proven to be just as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to decreasing pain and improving function.
Look for a formula that contains 95% curcuminoids and at least 5 mg. of bioperine (a black pepper extract) to help boost absorption. Take 500-1,000 mg. twice a day to shut down inflammation
The One Thing You Should do Every Day
I have one more tip for you.
Believe it or not, the best way to beat the pain and stiffness of arthritic knees is to keep moving. However, when you’re knees are aching this can be a difficult challenge. That’s why I often recommend aquatic exercises.
All you need is access to a swimming pool, lake or ocean. The water keeps you buoyant, which reduces the impact on your joints. So you can jog in place, perform jumping jacks or just swim without putting any wear and tear on your joints.
This low-impact type of exercise is easy to do. Better yet, it can strengthen your joints while significantly relieving the aches and pains associated with arthritis.
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