Week 27 (2014) – Chronic Inflammation and Joint Pain

Health News (Week 27 – 2014)
By Robert Redfern

Chronic Inflammation and Joint Pain

The most frequently ‘asked’ questions that I have received over the last 25 years or so have been from readers of my newsletter, especially those suffering from chronic inflammation and joint pain.

Twenty-five years ago it was only HealthPoint I offered and although the results were awesome, in the toughest cases, I realized that certain critical nutrients and a healthy lifestyle were essential for improving health and relieving many problems.

I have recommended these solutions below many times but thought I would reinforce them again with a list of studies that have convinced me just how good they are.

The following studies show just how effectively these nutrients may significantly help improve your condition and symptoms:


1. Krill Oil – 300mg per day can significantly reduce joint pain, stiffness and C-reactive protein (CRP is a measure of inflammation). In one women’s study, pain, stiffness and function impairment were measured and shown to significantly improve.

(ref: Deutsch L. Evaluation of the effect of Neptune Krill Oil on chronic inflammation and arthritic symptoms. J Am Coll Nutr. 2007 Feb;26(1):39-48)

In a separate study of Krill Oil combined with Hyaluronic Acid and Astaxanthin (both of which target pro-inflammatory agents in the body), arthritis patients reported a 55% pain reduction in under 3 months, with 63% being entirely pain-free.

(Valensa. MD Clinical Trial Overview and Results. 2011)

2. Fish Oil – This lowers levels of inflammatory cytokines throughout the body. It also provides major cardiovascular benefits. The high levels of DHA and EPA in fish oil provides excellent benefits for heart, eye and brain health.

Krill Oil may be superior at protecting joint cartilage from inflammatory damage, while fish oils are better at suppressing the circulating inflammatory cytokines that cause cardiovascular disease.

Ref: Kalogeropoulos N, Panagiotakos DB, Pitsavos C, et al. Unsaturated fatty acids are inversely associated and n-6/n-3 ratios are positively related to inflammation and coagulation markers in plasma of apparently healthy adults. Clin Chim Acta. 2010 Apr 2;411(7-8):584-91.

Ierna M, Kerr A, Scales H, Berge K, Griinari M. Supplementation of diet with Krill Oil protects against experimental rheumatoid arthritis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010;11:136.

3. Astaxanthin – This is a powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is widely studied for its beneficial effects on chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Yuan JP, Peng J, Yin K, Wang JH. Potential health-promoting effects of Astaxanthin: a high-value carotenoid mostly from microalgae. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Jan;55(1):150-65.

Nakao R, Nelson OL, Park JS, Mathison BD, Thompson PA, Chew BP. Effect of Astaxanthin supplementation on inflammation and cardiac function in BALB/c mice. Anticancer Res. 2010 Jul;30(7):2721-5.

4. Hyaluronic Acid – is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that is a major component of joint and connective tissue. In joints, its natural function is to lubricate and cushion the joint lining from repeated impacts and microscopic trauma. It is also involved in wound repair and regeneration. Hyaluronic Acid helps stop joint degradation and slows the painful and destructive progress of arthritis.

(Campo GM, Avenoso A, Nastasi G, et al. Hyaluronan reduces inflammation in experimental arthritis by modulating TLR-2 and TLR-4 cartilage expression. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Sep;1812(9):1170-81)

Due to the large size of the Hyaluronic Acid molecule, it is best absorbed through the intake of Krill Oil.


Additionally, I cannot help mentioning that the nutrients above have significant benefits for supporting healthy vision including Fish Oil (this helps with macular degeneration prevention and overall eye health), Krill Oil (overall eye health), Astaxanthin (reduced inflammation) and Hyaluronic Acid (this may help strengthen the Vitreous Gel and related connective tissue).

Click here for more information on nutrients and their vision benefits

Traditionally it was thought that joint conditions such as Osteoarthritis were due to normal wear and tear. Better research now shows what nutritionists have said ‘forever’ that much of the damage over time is due to the body’s natural healing response to injury and diet. Unnatural proteins lodging in the joint create an acute inflammatory response from the body, which then becomes chronic.

Note: Although the above specifically refers to Osteoarthritis, it should also apply to other chronic inflammatory joint diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis where the body creates a loop of reacting to joint damage by creating an infection response (also called an Auto-immune response). Eating the same unnatural diet then leads to more joint damage.

An anti-inflammatory natural foods diet is recommended and this is primarily made up of alkalizing foods (such as avocado, lime, green, leafy green vegetables and low sugar fruits).

Avoid acidic foods including breads, potatoes, white rice, pasta, grain fed meats and most unnaturally produced dairy products. Also, avoid unhealthy oils including margarines, trans-fatty acids, overheated oil, corn oil and vegetable oils.

6 Comments

  1. Steve Kaye

    March 5, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Have swollen knee which has been big problem for three weeks. Doctor gave me ibuprofen and cocodamol but no improvement yet. I do suffer with osteoarthritis but not had it in knee before. Not bursitis. Not bone damage. What wd you suggest? Love yr site.
    Regards

  2. David Kilcourse

    November 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Have had an epidural injection for back pain in hip and sciatic ass. Problems! No much improved 3 month on, taking Krill oil q10 , magnesium, and lipoid acid, slight improvement, anything else going forward. Regards David K.

    • lindsayp

      November 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi David,
      Take 1-2 capsules of Maximum Strength SerraEnzyme 250,000iu 4 x daily until some relief is felt, then reduce to 1 x 2 per day. Take 30 minutes before food, with water.
      Use the Healthpoint machine to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism using accupressure points. See http://www.dovehealth.com for more info on this.
      Contact the Good Health Coaching Centres for complimentary health coaching and advice tailored to your individual needs. This will expand on the above overview with, not just supplement and dietary info, but actual menus and real-time coaching instructions for you to follow to the letter, to get well!
      To take advantage of this global free support, please just submit your no-obligatory interest at http://www.mygoodhealthclub.com, phone: (UK) 0800 802 1127 (US) 1-844-334-2262 or text our coaching mobile number: (UK) 07482 568066 with your information, or email admin@mygoodhealthclub.com with your details.
      Best of Health
      Your Good Health Coaching Team

  3. Mary Cockman

    January 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Spinal stenosis?

    • Lindsay

      January 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Mary, the anti-inflammatory benefits of serrapeptase and curcumin can be useful in helping to alleviate some of the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
      Plus follow an anti-inflammatory diet, free from sugars and starchy carbs, and include oily fish such as salmon and herring to ensure a good intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
      In terms of supplements we would recommend:
      SerraEnzyme 80,000iu or to achieve a higher dose you can use the Maximum Strength 250,000iu
      Curcuminx4000
      The Krill Miracle
      I hope that helps but please contact us at the Good Health Coaching Centres should you wish to have further guidance. You can register a callback with the health coaches at http://www.mygoodhealthclub.com
      Your Good Health Coaching Team

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