Vitamin supplements play a major role in treating arthritis. Consult your doctor before taking them, as they are toxic when taken in large doses.
Vitamins for Arthritis
Vitamin A brings down inflammation and swelling and is effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Men should take 3000 international units (IU) and women should take 2333 international units (IU). Carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin A.
Vitamin B3 is also called as ‘niacin’. Take 300 to 1000 mg of vitamin B3 for two to three times daily. The goodness of vitamin B3 improves the joint mobility up to 80%. Vitamin B3 is found in salmon, beef, poultry, peanut and beans. 15g of vitamin B3 for men and 13g for women helps to improve mobility and strength of muscles. If you are less than 50 years take 1.3 mg and after 50 years take 1.7 mg.
Vitamin B6 is found abundantly in meat, fish, poultry and beans. Vitamin B6 is essential for the formation of antibodies and red blood cells.
Take 2.5 micrograms B12 and 350 micrograms folate together for better results. The combination of vitamin B12 and folic acid helps to reduce bone fractures. B12 is found in egg yolk, salmon, liver, pasta and fortified cereals. Sources of folate are lentils, liver, grains and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the production of new cells and formation of protective coating surrounding the nerves. Take 1000 mcg of vitamin B12 along with B50 complex. Vitamin B12 produces significant results when taken along with B50. B complex helps to lessen swelling of joints.
Vitamin C when taken in large doses results in anti inflammatory impact on joints. Take 3000 to 10000 mg of vitamin C daily to avoid inflammation on joints and to reduce pain.
Vitamins C and E
When vitamin C and E are taken together, they provide excellent cure for arthritis. Vitamin C is anti inflammatory and helps to develop cartilage. When vitamin E is taken together with vitamin C destroys free radicals and protects tissues. This combination avoids breaking of cartilage further.
Take 600 mg of vitamin C daily. Apart from supplements vitamin C is available in citrus fruits, kiwi and broccoli. Take 15 mg of vitamin E, which is found in almonds, turnip, sunflower seeds and wheat germ.
Vitamin D is essential for reducing inflammation and developing strong bones. Dosage varies with patient’s age. Those who are less than 50 years take 200 mg, between 50-70 years take 400 mg and above 70 years take 600mg of vitamin D. Yogurt, cheese and fortified milk are good sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also available in salmon, tuna and fortified cereals.
Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant and it protects the joints from the harmful free radicals. Take vitamin E from 500 to 700 international units daily. Lot of arthritis sufferers has vitamin E deficiency. Vitamin E curbs the cartilage breakdown and accelerates the growth of fresh cartilage cells.
Vitamin D is used for strengthening bones and increasing bone density. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables and soybeans. It is recommended that for men 125 micrograms and for women 95 micrograms would be required.