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My osteoarthritis has been getting progressively worse the last few years.

Q. Dear Terry, “My osteoarthritis has been getting progressively worse the last few years. I am very stiff in the morning and generally have pain most of the day. I want to avoid surgery and prescription medications if possible. Is there anything natural you suggest I try?” — Dave M., Gary, IN

A. Dear Dave, Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in the United States and is often treated with potentially dangerous prescription drugs. However, I believe there are natural medicines that can be equally as effective (or even more effective) as prescription medications, but without the side effects.

Two of these herbs come from India and one from South Africa. The first and foremost ingredient I recommend for relieving pain and improving joint function is a clinically studied, enhanced absorption curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil.

The second Indian herb, boswellia, has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and inflammation. Its actions are very similar to the current drugs that are reported to be COX-2 inhibitors – but much safer.

Curcumin and boswellia were shown in a human clinical study to outperform the number one prescription medication for osteoarthritis of the knee. In this study, group one received celecoxib (100 mg) twice daily, while the second group received a 500 mg blend of boswellia and curcumin. The herbal group experienced greater reductions in pain and a more significant improvement in their OA overall. In the herbal group, 64 percent versus 29 percent in the drug group improved so much that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.”  

The last ingredient, Devil’s Claw, comes from South Africa where it has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory for centuries by the native people. Devil’s Claw has been clinically studied and shown to build up the joint structure by increasing hyaluronic acid synthesis in the chondrocytes – the cells that produce and maintain joint-cushioning cartilage. This has amazing benefits for anyone with arthritis because it can improve joint lubrication by up to 41%!

I would take these three ingredients once or twice per day.

For additional pain management, you could also include a combination of curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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