The word arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints. Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to have arthritis and it can affect people of all ages – even children and teenagers. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The experts at Forest Healthcare shared their general preventative tips for all types of arthritis to help reduce painful symptoms.
Smoking is linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis, particularly for people who have smoked 20 years or longer.
Smokers also have an increased risk of more-severe arthritis.
Inhaling tobacco smoke has been linked to oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between toxic molecules inside our cells and the antioxidants we need to remove them.
Studies have also found that compared to light smokers, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease was higher among medium and heavy smokers.
Supplements and vitamins
A person’s diet contributes significantly to the development of dementia, and some vitamins and supplements can help to relieve the symptoms as well as prevent the disease.
Fatty acids and omega 3 found in fish oils helps inflammatory arthritis.
Vitamin E can also help to repair cells around the joints, and can be gained from nuts, sunflower seeds, and avocado.