Herbs for combating Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis

Most common ailments can be cured by nature. Here are a few herbs that could help you maintain healthy bones, by keeping osteoporosis and osteoarthritis at bay.

Yucca: Is used in treating arthritis, as its anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain, stiffness and swelling. Resveratrol, an antioxidant, present in Yucca, stimulates the immune system in the body.

Boswellia: Is a resin extracted from a tree found in India, North America and West Asia. It was found to reduce swelling and joint pain. The duration of morning stiffness and the dependency on anti-inflammatory drugs was also reduced among patients who used the extract. It also improves blood circulation to the joints and strengthens weak blood vessels.

White Willow: Is a Chinese herb and helps reduce pain, swelling and stiffness, without causing other side effects, such as stomach distress, which is usually experienced with other conventional pain relievers.

Devils Claw: Is an anti-inflammatory analgesic that is particularly good for those suffering from Osteoarthritis. It reduces pain, while improving mobility.

Black Cohosh: Helps by balancing hormonal levels, during and after menopause, and hence has a direct influence in maintenance of bone health.

All these herbs, however, should be taken only after personal consultation and on exact dosages recommended by doctors.

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  1. Combat Osteoporosis with Calcium and Magnesium

    The risk of osteoporosis factors in when you are female and older. Nutritional supplements can help you avoid osteoporosis, no matter what risk factors you may have.

    Calcium and Magnesium work together and if you add in exercise youll build bone even better.

    Supplements need to be taken throughout your lifetime. Women who are in postmenopausal and do not take calcium supplements lose approximately 2% of bone mass per year. Taking 1,000 to 1,600 mg of calcium supplement a day decreases this rate to 1%, and reduces bone fractures by 50%!

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    Tristen Thomas

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