Top 7 Natural Remedies to Help Arthritis

Are you suffering from arthritis? Thereís a lot of help for this painful condition in the form of natural remedies. Here are 7 of my favorites:


Youíve probably heard of the nutrient known as beta carotene, which is found in many orange, red and green fruits and vegetables like carrots, squash and leafy greens. Beta carotene is one of a large group of nutrients known as carotenoids, which includes another nutrient known as astaxanthin (pronounced as-ta-ZAN-thin).

Both beta carotene and astaxanthin are antioxidants that destroy harmful free radicals before they can cause further joint and tissue damage; in research by Bob Capelli and Gerald Cysewski in the book Astaxanthin, astaxanthin has been found to be 53.7 times stronger than beta carotene in its antioxidant abilities. Be aware that some forms of astaxanthin are synthetically derived from petroleum products and are not recommended; instead, choose a high-quality astaxanthin derived from algae.

A dose of 4 to 12mg daily is suitable for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Start with 4mg daily in divided doses with meals for a month. If your pain levels have not reduced, increase to 8mg daily in divided doses with meals for another month. If your pain levels have reduced, continue at this dosage; if they have not, increase the dose to 12mg daily in divided doses with meals.

Chondroitin sulfate

Chondroitin as it is frequently called, plays a critical role in the creation of cartilage. It strengthens yet provides flexibility to the connective tissue found in the joints, acts as a cushion and helps lubricate the joints. Not only does chondroitin protect cartilage from degeneration, it also blocks enzymes that destroy cartilage while ensuring vital nutrients reach the cartilage for repair.

Chondroitin sulfate tends to work best in conjunction with glucosamine. Choose a sustainably sourced product because some are derived from powdered shark cartilage; others are derived from the cartilage from cows. It is not suitable for vegans since I am unaware of any vegan chondroitin products. Chondroitin is chemically similar to the blood thinner heparin so avoid using it while taking this drug or while using other blood thinners unless you are being monitored by a doctor. You may also wish to have your doctor monitor you while taking chondroitin because it may enable you to reduce your dose of blood-thinning drugs. Take 1500mg of chondroitin sulfate once daily or 500mg three times daily with meals, with your doctorís approval.


Copaiba is a resin from Brazilian rainforests that contains a potent natural anti-pain compound known as beta-caryophyllene (BCP). BCP is a cannabinoid that has similar potency to other cannabinoids, including those found in marijuana, but unlike marijuana, copaiba and BCP have no psychoactive properties. In other words, it will not make you high.

It is best used as a food grade essential oil. Choose one that qualifies for food grade status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since most donít. A typical dose is 2 to 3 drops of the oil in an empty capsule or on the tongue, 3 times daily. A drop or two can be applied to painful areas as well. Always conduct a 72-hour skin patch test first to ensure you donít have any allergies to this oil. For sensitive skin, dilute the copaiba essential oil in sweet almond or coconut oil first (about 1 drop per 10 drops of carrier oil).

Devilís Claw

Devilís Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a plant that grows in Africa and Namibia in particular, and garners its name from the large fruit that grows in the shape of a claw-like hand. Devilís claw has a long history of efficacy when used for arthritis when it is taken as an herbal tea, in capsules or tablets, or as an ointment to rub on painful areas. Dozens of studies cite its effectiveness against both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis but research in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology also shows that the effectiveness drops when extracts of specific compounds found in devilsí claw are used. Although devilís claw contains many active compounds, including harpagide, harpagoside, kaempferol, chlorogenic acid, cinnamic acid, luteolin, oleanolic acid, among others, it is best to take capsules of devilís claw rather than specific compounds found in the plant on their own.

A typical dose for an arthritis sufferer is 2500mg daily, in divided doses. You can take this supplement with food or on an empty stomach. Some people find that taking any supplements on an empty stomach causes stomach upset; if you experience stomach upset when you take supplements, simply take this herb with food. Devilís claw might increase the effects of medications used to reduce blood clotting, such as warfarin, so be sure to work with a knowledgeable doctor before taking these medications together. Other medications that may interact with devilís claw include ibuprofen, diclofenac, meloxicam, piroxicam, celecoxib, amitriptyline, glipizide and iosartan, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these drugs. Avoid using devilís claw if you are pregnant or have gallstones or an ulcer.

Glucosamine sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate is known as an amino sugar, a type of compound that naturally occurs in the body and is used to build tissue rather than as a source of energy like other types of sugars. It is particularly involved in maintaining healthy cartilage and bones. People with arthritis or other joint disorders tend to be deficient in this compound, which naturally diminishes with age and as the body attempts to deal with arthritis. Supplementing with this nutrient can help cartilage formation while reducing pain levels.

Glucosamine has been proven in many tests to alleviate the pain of joint inflammation when taken consistently for a minimum of two weeks to two months. In some studies it is more effective than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works to halt the deterioration of joints and even to rebuild joints when taken in dosages of 1000 to 1500mg daily. According to Phyllis and James Balch, authors of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, it has been proven in over three hundred studies to build joint cartilage. It is not a quick fix. It takes weeks or sometimes months to really notice the improvement. Because glucosamine sulfate is usually derived from shellfish, you should avoid it if you are vegan or allergic to shellfish.


Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM as it is more frequently known, is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that is found in many foods. It is also naturally found in the body, but sometimes the amount is insufficient to overcome the inflammatory foods in our diet and our stressful lives, as well as any damage to our joints from injuries. It is therefore a good idea to supplement with this nutrient.

Not only does MSM improve the health of the joints, it also helps to restore an imbalanced immune system, making it a beneficial nutrient for any type of arthritis, including both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as fibromyalgia. Take 2000mg daily in divided doses; for example, take 1000mg with breakfast and 1000mg with dinner. MSM can boost detoxification in the body too, so itís best to start with 1000mg total per day and build up to 2000mg. daily. Because it has blood-thinning properties, avoid using MSM if you are taking pharmaceutical blood thinners, including acetaminophen.

Flax Oil and Flax Seeds

Essential fatty acids are critical to balancing inflammation and pain in the body because theyíre the precursors of inflammation-regulating chemical messengers known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are made from omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Both types of essential fatty acids are required, but the ratio is what matters most.

The vast majority of the population is deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, which can cause inflammation to go unchecked in the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are primarily found in the oils of cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies, as well as nuts and seeds like flax, hemp and walnut. Add flax oil or flaxseeds to your salad dressings, organic popcorn, oatmeal, smoothies or other foods on a daily basis for best results.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news Worldís Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.


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Ruth R
Ruth R2 months ago

Thank you for this useful information. Since my first comment, I've found that watching my diet makes all the difference. Pork triggers pain and inflammation, so I've dropped that altogether. I can eat small amounts of beef, and avoid salty snacks and egg yolks. If in spite of that, I still get some pain, I massage with HotCool ointment which contains diclofenac and chili pepper and is very effective.

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Roselyn Veado3 months ago

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Marie W7 months ago

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Danuta W8 months ago

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