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Diet and RA

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Which nutrient supplements can potentially help my RA?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Different supplements are useful for different types of people. Learn which ones are beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Transcript: Certain nutrients help your body FIGHT inflammation and regulate the immune system, so if you have rheumatoid arthritis and AREN’T getting these from your diet, your healthcare provider MAY suggest certain supplements. FISH OILS rich in omega-3 fatty acids can regulate the inflammatory processes in the body, leading to reduced joint pain and morning stiffness. While some studies have shown that fish oil supplements may EASE joint tenderness and REDUCE the need for higher dosages of drugs, you should NOT exceed recommended amounts of any supplement. Taking mega-doses of fish oils could INTERFERE with blood clotting and INCREASE the risk for stroke, especially when taken along with aspirin or other NSAIDs. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking omega-3 supplements. You may have heard that GLUCOSAMINE can be beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis. This compound -- which naturally occurs in our cartilage--has shown some benefits in people with other inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis. While it doesn’t impact the disease itself, glucosamine may reduce symptoms such as joint pain and tenderness. It may also help manage RA. In one 2007 study, people who took glucosamine supplements reported improvement in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. While supplements could help relieve some symptoms, you should talk with your healthcare provider before trying ANY, as they could interfere with your current medications. For more on rheumatoid arthritis and your health, look for other videos in this series. More »

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