The greatest danger to your knees is simply using your knees–as one does–for years and years and years. According to WebMD, there’s a 33% chance that if you’re at the doctor, you’re there because your knee hurts. The majority of knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis, a condition brought about by wear and tear. Athletes, the overweight, women, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and the elderly are those people at the greatest risk of suffering this kind of knee pain.
One of the simplest ways of reducing knee pain is by losing weight. A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that for every pound lost, it reduced four pounds of stress on the knees. In other good news, exercise that helps strengthen muscles around the knees can also reduce pain. Additionally, there are several nutritional strategies that can help alleviate knee pain. Here are some.
- Glucosamine and MSM
Several studies have shown that glucosamine and MSM fight osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation. A study published in Clinical Drug Investigations concluded that:
Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.
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2. Vitamin K
In 2009 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, researchers found a link between low levels of vitamin K and the development of knee osteoarthritis.
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3. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Increased inflammation can lead to increased pain. So you’ll want to stay away from inflammatory foods: trans fats, sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates and the like. Instead, choose anti-inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.
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4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Not only have Omega-3 fatty acids been shown to reduce inflammation, but low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis in animal studies.
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5. Vitamin D
A study on 400 people with osteoarthritis found that subjects who had low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy vitamin-D levels.
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