Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory and autoimmune condition affecting the joints. it is much more frequent in females than males (3:1), and has genetic, hormonal, viral, and environmental risk factors.
Onset tends to be gradual, and will affect the smaller joints first in the hands, wrists, and feet (compared to osteoarthritis).
Gradually increasing pain in the hands, wrist and feet
Most painful in the morning
Nodules around the joints
Joint swelling (usually symetrical)
Deformity of the joint
Warmth of affected area
Rheumatoid granulomas near affected joints
Heart valve dysfunctions
- Rheumatoid factor (RF)
- Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
- C-reactive protein (CRP)
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
- Anti-DNA antibodies
- IgA, IgM, IgG
- Anticyclic-citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP)
- Cardiolipin autoantibodies
- Antiscleroderma antibodies (anti-SCL-70)
- Anti-Sjogren’s syndrome A (anti-SSA)
1. Alleviate the symptoms of inflammation and pain
2. Repair and normalise gut function
3. Improve stress adaptation
4. Support primary immunity
5. Reduce allergenic load
Herbs For Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Nutritional Considerations For Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Vitamin A, C, D, E
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Green-Lipped Mussel
Dietary Considerations For Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Avoid allergenic foods – inc. lectins
Avoid sugar, caffeine, OH, red meat, SFA, trans fat, processed foods, chemical additives
Vegetarian sources of protein
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