The red, painful, swollen joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis can be a recurring misery that adversely affects the quality of your life. It can even lead to serious joint damage and partial or total disability. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that your immune system mistakenly attacks your own healthy tissues and cells. The pain, redness and swelling are caused by the resulting inflammation.
Traditional treatment has focused largely on NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), pain relievers (including narcotics) and steroids. While some of these drugs may indeed be necessary, all have negative side effects. For that reason, managing your arthritis through alternative treatments is highly recommended and may help you lower drug dosages.
Lifestyle changes can help a great deal. If you are overweight, losing those excess pounds can relieve some of the stress on your joints. Arthritis sufferers often avoid exercise because of stiffness and pain, but regular exercise can help strengthen joints. Gentle exercise such as yoga can be beneficial, and even those with severe pain can often exercise in warm water, which eases joints and takes the weight off them.
There are also dietary supplements that can help. Natur-Leaf® is a supplement containing plant fats, or sterols and sterolins, which can act in two ways to alleviate arthritis. The sterols have anti-inflammatory properties, which help with the symptoms, and they also provide nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system, which affects the cause. This natural supplement has no reported side effects, so you can take it with confidence.