Vitamins for Arthritis

Arthritis can be a tough disease, limiting you in various ways. But fortunately, the condition is something that can be controlled to a large extent by a number of treatments ranging from massages and exercises to eating properly and taking the right medicine. There’s more to cheer: arthritis is known to improve considerably by taking certain vitamin supplements and foods that contain such vitamins.

Which vitamins help arthritis?

A deficiency of vitamins may result in a variety of health problems, including certain forms of arthritis. The following vitamins are believed to be especially beneficial to arthritis patients:

Vitamin B3

This vitamin helps reduce tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow. Note that Vitamin B3 is NOT recommended for those with high blood pressure, gout or sliver disorders.

Vitamin B5

When grouped and combined together, B vitamins work at their peak. These and B5 in particular are good for reducing swelling.

Vitamin B6

Another B that reduces tissue swelling.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin helps in multiple functions. It helps with, digestion, myelin production, cell formation, nerve protection.

Vitamin C

This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, thus relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.

Vitamin D

New research makes the case that vitamin D helps protect older women against rheumatoid arthritis. An 8-ounce glass of milk or fortified orange juice has about 100 international units (IU) of vitamin D and a typical multivitamin has 200 to 400 IU. Other good dietary sources of vitamin D include cod liver oil, which has 1360 IU of vitamin D per tablespoon; salmon, which has 425 IU per 3-ounce serving; and herring and sardines.

Vitamin E

This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while increases joint flexibility.

Vitamin K

This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.

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