Vitamin C: A Natural Way to Fight Arthritis
Arthritis is among the most widespread illnesses confronting the aging population. The most known form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which generally strikes weight-bearing joints such as the knees, ankles, and hips. The cause of pain is the result of the gradual collapse of the cartilage-- the soft material that pads the joints.
About eighty-five percent of adults who reach the age of 85 are at risk of osteoarthritis. This can be avoided if they take a proactive approach in order to prevent it from happening.
While exercise is very important, diet must also be taken into consideration. For years, doctors debated over the possible link between diet and osteoarthritis. They saw the illness as an eventual outcome of depreciation on the joints, something inevitable because people naturally age.
But further researches are making them reconsider their ideas. It is becoming more evident that nutrition plays an important role in helping to prevent or alleviate the effects of osteoarthritis. Vitamin C is one of the vital elements.
Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, may protect the joints from the detrimental effects of free radicals (the unstable molecules that causes inflammation of the joints).
Research shows that ascorbic acid of vitamin C can aid in the prevention of bone loss and cartilage deficiencies linked with aging. The specific action the vitamin C does is to help repair damaged cartilage in the bone joints. It helps keep the cartilage fresh.
Here are some of the views and recommendations from medical professionals. It would be helpful to be aware of this information presented below.
Dr. Timothy McAlindon of the Boston University School of Medicine says, "Vitamin C may also help generate collagen, which enhances the body's ability to repair damage to the cartilage."
Through a study conducted by scientists at the Boston University School of Medicine, they observed the eating habits of people affected osteoarthritis of the knee, they discovered that those getting more than 200 milligrams of vitamin C daily were three times less likely to acquire the disease than those who only took about less than 120 milligrams of vitamin C daily.
Dr. McAlindon recommends that people should take at least 120 milligrams of vitamin C daily. "That's the amount in a couple of oranges," he states.
Dr. Mehmet C. Oz and Dr. Michael F. Roizen, co-authors of "You: The Owner's Manual", recommend a higher dosage. "Shoot for 1200 milligrams of vitamin C a day--spread between your diet and supplements throughout the day."
Be careful and do not overdo it. There are data that suggest that more than 2,500 milligrams everyday can have the contrary effect and may actually increase the chance of getting osteoarthritis.
Dr. Eve Campanelli, a holistic practitioner for family health in Beverly Hills, CA, suggests taking black cherry juice. She advises her patients to drink two glasses, two times daily, of four ounces of this juice diluted in four ounces of water.
Other fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C include strawberries, citrus, oranges, cantaloupe, broccoli, guava, peppers, and cranberry juice among many others.
It has been strongly recommended by nutritionists for many years that each person should maintain a healthy diet, rich in vegetables and fruits. Now that's another reason to advocate healthy eating--it can help keep your joints young and strong!