DH is feeling better now that he’s increased his glucosamine intake. Andrew Weil, M.D., and Brian Becker, M.D., updated their article www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART
January 10, 2013.
“Osteoarthritis causes joint cartilage to lose its elasticity and become stiff which leads to joint discomfort, swelling, and loss of movement. Over time, the body decreases production of glucosamine. It is possible that incorporating daily glucosamine supplements may rectify and replace falling levels in the body and reduce osteoarthritis symptoms...”
1. Research is still needed on IF glucosamine alone and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate taken together work.
2. Glucosamine can be taken safely in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
3. There are no known risks with taking large quantities of glucosamine, however;
4. Large amounts may alter glucose levels and interact with diuretics and blood thinners, so talk to your physician before starting to take supplements.
Posted: 10/15/2003 (10 years ago) also recommends taking glucosamine for arthritis but dissuades taking ginger and/or turmeric.
Not one to give up, I found Dr. Weil recommended, “For inflammatory conditions, 1 or 2 g of powdered ginger a day....” www.drweil.com/drw/u/REM
And a boatload of recipes for morning smoothies: www.yummly.com/recipes/g
So how about adding turmeric?
Dr. Weil notes turmeric is used for: “Arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis; it acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent BUT …dried spice is not effective for treating conditions.” www.drweil.com/drw/u/REM
Bummer – not to give up again… There appears to be some difference of opinion on the subject.
University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 1 to 3 grams of dried, powdered turmeric root per day, about 1/2 to 1.5 teaspoons.
recommends slicing off a little chunk of turmeric root, about the size of the first joint of your forefinger, adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for flavor (and because cinnamon also fights inflammation), a teaspoon or two of local honey, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to get things circulating quickly… or using 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric.
So, I plan to start introducing ginger first and turmeric this fall as I’ve once again found amounts to add to breakfast smoothies! www.healthysmoothiehq.co
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