Supplement solutions for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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 Rheumatoid arthritis is as common as it is painful. Pain medication is one way to target pain, but what if there were options that had a more comprehensive approach? 

 
It is common knowledge that heat and cold can relieve pain, but most might not know that simple dietary changes and supplements can be beneficial to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Remember, before starting any new treatment regimen be sure to talk with your care provider to decide on the path that is most appropriate for you. 
 
Borage
Some studies show that borage seed oil can reduce RA symptoms. After six weeks the studies show reduced tender and swollen joints. There are side effects if taken in an incorrect dosage, so consulting a professional is recommended.
 
Fish oil
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have an anti-inflammatory effect, and are commonly prescribed as an easy addition to any diet. Fish oil may reduce morning stiffness and protect against heart disease (patients with RA are at a higher risk of developing heart disease). 
 
Thunder god vine
Not only does it have what is arguably the greatest name of all time, thunder god vine is also an supplement in decreasing pain and tender joints in people with RA. Commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, early evidence is promising in it’s effectiveness against autoimmune disease. 
 
Folic acid
Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that helps the body make red blood cells. 
 
Before beginning any significant change to your diet or health plan, be sure to speak with a licensed physician to find a treatment plan right for you. For more information about pain treatment and pain doctors in the Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia and Edmonds area, contact the Washington Center for Pain Management.