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|Healing Supplements To Alleviate The Discomfort Of Osteoarthritis|
Posted On 2009-11-28 , 11:34 AM
This degenerative joint disease is related to the wear and tear of aging and involves deterioration and/or damage of the cartilage (kind of like shock absorbers) that surrounds and protects the ends of the bones.
Osteoarthritis rarely develops before the age of 40; however, it may also be triggered prematurely by trauma, the weight bearing stress of obesity or repetitive motion and joint use. It takes its toll gradually, with symptoms becoming worse over the years.
Not everyone with osteoarthritis realize that they have it because they experience no discomfort. For some, pain and stiffness are mild and for others this disease is painful and progressive, severely interfering with their daily lives. Although it is not dangerous, it can lead to varying degrees of disability.
Usually the first sign of osteoarthritis is joint stiffness. Especially in the morning or after any long periods of rest. Other early symptoms may include joint tenderness and slight swelling, cracking and creaky joints, loss of range of motion and aching and pain when the joint is used.
The only proven cure for arthritis is surgical joint replacement. However, there are many healing supplements to alleviate discomfort, improve flexibility and that may even slow progression of this disease.
For most with arthritis, merely a change in diet and appropriate supplements may produce a desired outcome, not to mention the additional health benefits. Try upgrading your diet with ample fruits, vegetables and whole grains; limiting or eliminating alcohol and concentrated sweets, and cutting down on fats.
Nutrition experts frequently advise individual supplements; such as the antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, also referred to as ACES by some doctors. The antioxidants may help reduce age related and free radical cellular damage to the cartilage surrounding painful joints, resulting in freer movement and less pain over time. Recommended and generally safe dosages are as follows:
Vitamin A - 5,000 IU daily
Vitamin C - 500 mg daily
Vitamin E - 400 IU daily
Selenium - 200 mcg daily (higher doses can be harmful to some people)
Supplementary capsules of evening primrose oil and flaxseed oils just may help in oiling up those joints. Both are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids.
Another fatty acid solution is extract of borage seed oil; it contains one of the highest amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), also know as omega-6 fatty acid. Studies have shown that GLA taken in large doses has a noticeable effect on pain and swelling. Check the dosage with your doctor.
Flavonoids found in sweet cherries, blackberries and blueberries will also increase fatty acids in your system, which can affect muscle tissue and lessen swelling.
Additionally, the supplement quercetin can help block the release of histamines into the blood, which means less inflammation. Suggested dosage: 100 - 500 mg daily.
A supplemental approach to managing arthritis pain is coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10). It has been reported to have the ability to stabilize cell membranes, resulting in the prevention of cells breaking down in the joints. Suggested dosage: 100 - 150 mg daily.
Copper, zinc and vitamin A are required for the production of collagen and cartilage. A deficiency of any one of them can cause joint degeneration.
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate help with the formation of cartilage. Taking these supplements may reverse the effects of osteoarthritis. Combination supplements are available at health food stores.
Use of the following herbal supplements may be beneficial to one who has arthritis: alfalfa leaves, black cohosh, celery seed, chaparral leaves, comfrey, devil's claw tea, feverfew, parsley tea, valerian root and yucca extract.
Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements and be sure to ask about possible side effects and drug-herb interactions if you are taking any prescription medications.
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|Dandruff Causes And Natural Remedies For A Flaky Scalp|
Posted On 2009-11-11 , 12:57 PM
Dandruff is described as flaking and scaling of dead skin from the scalp. It may be itchy and sometimes accompanied by a scaly rash.
Everybody is constantly shedding skin cells and growing new ones. As many as one in five people has a scalp that sheds enough cells to have them show up as flakes.
When the proteins and fats in the scalp function properly, they maintain the circulation of water and oils and keep the scalp and hair healthy.
Dandruff develops when the sebaceous glands in the scalp can not adequately assimilate proteins and fats.
Causes of dandruff include allergic reactions, dietary deficiencies, emotional stress, hairspray or shampoo residue, hormonal fluctuations, illness, infrequent shampooing, a too dry or too oily scalp or a sunburned head.
Nutrition and Supplements
The complex carbohydrates in fruits, vegetables and whole grains supply nutrients essential for scalp health. Studies show that many cases of dandruff are related to diets high in saturated fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement plus optional supplements often clears up "flaky" problems.
Vitamin A taken in the form of beta carotene, 25,000 to 35,000 IU daily for 1 month may prevent dry scalp and the dead cell accumulation of dandruff.
B Complex helps break down fatty acids. One tablet once or twice a day plus 100 - 300 milligrams of PABA has cleared uncontrollable dandruff that spreads to the eyebrows and sides of nose.
Vitamin E. For improved circulation take 400 IU of vitamin E. Vitamin E plus a tablespoon of canola or olive oil with the daily diet may correct dry, flaky dandruff.
Lecithin. One tablespoon of granules daily OR two capsules with each meal protects and strengthens cell membranes of the scalp.
Selenium. 50 to 100 micrograms daily enhances the action of vitamin E and helps prevent the hardening of tissues that can result in scaly dandruff.
Zinc promotes protein metabolism. The scalp is mainly protein. Take 30 to 50 milligrams OR the equivalent in zinc lozenges dissolved in the mouth at intervals, daily for 1 week. In some cases, this has halted the itching and scaling of dandruff within 7 days.
Kelp tablets supplies needed minerals. Especially iodine, for healing of the scalp and better hair growth.
Evening primrose oil relieves inflammation. Take two 500 milligram capsules 3 times daily.
Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal action and is now included in a number of shampoos. It can be found in natural health food stores. Tea tree oil prevents flaking and infection. You can also massage a few drops into your scalp daily.
Pre-Treatments For Severe Dandruff
On occasion oil treatments help to loosen and soften the scales. Massage warmed castor oil, corn oil, olive oil or petroleum jelly into the scalp and cover with a hot moist towel for 30 minutes before shampooing.
Pouring warm vinegar over the hair and wrapping with a towel for 1 hour before shampooing has cleared some cases of difficult dandruff when repeated twice a week for a month.
Stir a tablespoon of salt into a raw egg. Rub the mixture into your scalp and wait 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Shampoo as usual. It will also give your hair radiance and body.
At bedtime, rub aloe vera gel on the scalp. Cover with a towel or shower cap and shampoo out the next morning. Repeat several times a week until the dandruff disappears.
Proper Shampooing Technique
It is not all about the shampoo, but about the amount of time the shampoo remains on the scalp. This is how long it takes the product to do its job properly, including prescription shampoo.
Massage the scalp with the shampoo to loosen flakes. Let the shampoo lather remain in your hair and on the scalp for 2 minutes before rinsing.
Then apply a second application, letting the shampoo lather remain in your hair and on the scalp for 3 - 5 minutes before rinsing. Always lather twice with dandruff shampoos.
If you must use a conditioner, apply only to the hair and not the scalp.
Natural Rinse Remedies
Dandruff may also result from an overly alkaline condition that can be corrected by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice OR vinegar to the final rinse.
For a final rinse, use double strength tea brewed from any of the following herbs: chamomile, chaparral, nettle, rosemary, mint, sage, or thyme. Adding a spoonful of vinegar may increase the benefits.
Between Shampooing Remedies
To fight between shampooing flakiness, dab the scalp with a cotton ball moistened with one of these mixtures:
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar stirred into 1 cup water, OR
a blend of equal parts of witch hazel and any commercial mouthwash, OR
1 tablespoon witch hazel in 1/4 cup water, OR
1 tablespoon lemon juice in 1/4 cup water.
Those with dandruff may benefit from the use of these herbal supplements; dandelion, goldenseal and red clover. Chaparral may be used as a hair rinse.
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