And now, according to a new study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, it is also an amazing remedy for arthritis.
Best of all, it’s dirt cheap and can be found everywhere.
A research team led by an academic at Washington State University College of Pharmacy in Spokane discovered this amazing arthritis remedy in the form of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG.
This is a polyphenol that is abundant in green tea.
They divided rats with rheumatoid arthritis in their ankles into two groups, one that received EGCG, and another received a placebo.
The fact that the swelling improved in the joints of the rats that were fed with EGCG did not really come as a surprise, as researchers have previously found that this substance has anti-inflammatory effects that worked against arthritis.
But how does this work?
You see, EGCG inhibits the activity of TAK1, a protein that pro-inflammatory cytokines use to transmit their signals to trigger the inflammation and tissue breakdown that can be found to occur in rheumatoid arthritis.
In other words, your cup of green tea stops TAK1 from transmitting the messages that cause inflammation and swelling.
Will this work for people with osteoarthritis too?
Probably! In a 2002 study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, scientists found that green tea also slows down the destruction of cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis.
But, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology, nothing is farther from the truth.
They identified five types of foods that contribute to arthritis and one type that helps heal it.
They recruited 500 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and 500 people without this condition and gave them questionnaires to get information on their consumption of beverages, along with nutritious and non-nutritious foods.
The groups did not differ on the consumption of nutritious foods, with both enjoying approximately the same amount of vegetables, for example.
But other than that, their diets differed significantly:
- People who drank eight or more cups of green tea or coffee per month had a lower chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who did not consume these beverages.
- Arthritis sufferers drank more soda than healthy people did.
- People who drank full-fat milk and enjoyed solid oils had an increased chance of the joint disease. Solid oils are those that remain solid at room temperature, like beef fat, butter, shortening, and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
- Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers ate more fried food when compared to their healthy peers.
- Arthritis patients enjoyed more spicy foods when compared to their healthy counterparts.
- In general, arthritis sufferers ate more non-nutritious food than their healthier counterparts did. These mostly processed foods that contained plenty of calories but very few nutrients.
This study is not perfect but it proves that arthritis was not out of your control just because you were genetically vulnerable to it. And you can actually manage it with simple diet and lifestyle changes.
Sometimes, the cure is as bad as the disease itself and, according to a new study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) congress of June 2018, this was certainly the case for arthritis.
This is as if you’re suffering arthritis, you’ve definitely taken a specific type of drug. And this drug is now found to have killed millions of arthritis sufferers.
Many previous studies have found that people with osteoarthritis are more likely than the general population to develop cardiovascular disease, but few researchers have examined how much of this risk is due to the osteoarthritis itself, and how much of it can be explained by the drugs to treat it.
One of the most common treatments for osteoarthritis is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, and a team of Canadian researchers wondered whether these drugs contributed to the cardiovascular disease risk of osteoarthritis sufferers.
From the centralized British Columbia health records, they identified 7,743 osteoarthritis sufferers and matched them with 23,229 healthy people from the rest of the population.
Once they ensured that particular factors, like age, gender, socioeconomic status, body mass index, high blood pressure, etc., influenced the results, they found that people with osteoarthritis were 23% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than that if the general population.
When the team checked which of these people had prescriptions for NSAIDs, and compared these records with the cardiovascular disease records, they found that these drugs were largely responsible for the heart problems.
Approximately 67.5% of the effects of osteoarthritis on the cardiovascular disease risk that were faced could be explained by the use of NSAID.
With NSAID use, osteoarthritis sufferer’s risk for congestive heart failure increased by 44.8%, for ischemic heart diseases it increased by 94.5%, and for strokes, the risk increased by 93.3%.
In other words, your risk of certain heart problems almost doubled if you took NSAIDs to relieve your arthritis pain.
Since heart attacks and strokes are the leading cause of deaths worldwide, it would be safe to say that NSAID has killed millions of people who, if they had not taken these drugs, might not have died.
And this is not the full story, as they only analyzed the records related to prescription NSAIDs.
Yet, there are many popular over-the-counter NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen, which people with arthritis tend to take.
If these had been included in the study, the result could have been markedly worse.
So, what does a person do if they suffer from arthritis? You can’t take the pain away without using some type of pain killers and now you find out these same pain killers are lethal.
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The only reasonable thing to eliminate arthritis symptoms naturally, is to take natural methods to completely reverse your arthritis so you don’t need these pain killers. Here are the 3 steps I used to do just that…
This post is from the Arthritis Strategy Program. It was created by Shelly Manning, a former arthritis sufferer and a health consultant.
A Brief Background on the Author
Like you, Shelly Manning also suffered from arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. This was due to her weight and desk job. Her condition eventually took a toll on her relationship with her (former) husband.
It was when she went to Hong Kong that she met Janerdquo, an old woman who owned the restaurant where she ate. Janerdquo supposedly offered her a bowl of a weird-smelling soup, which helped ease her joint pain. She ate there each day for 10 days until she was completely healed from arthritis.
Shelly Manning decided to research this natural remedy and to create a step-by-step treatment plan to others who are suffering from different types of arthritis, such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis.
That’s why she created “The Arthritis Step By Step Strategy.” According to her claims, this unique strategy will get rid of joint pain and stiffness, repair your damaged joints, and treat the underlying cause of your arthritis.
Shelly teamed up with Christian Goodman, the owner of Blue Heron Health News, a publishing company that aims to help people to take responsibility for their own health by using natural health alternatives to reverse arthritis in fingers and knees naturally.
To find out more about this program, go to Eliminate Arthritis Symptoms Naturally at Home
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