Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It affects people differently. For some people, it lasts only a few months or a year or two and goes away without causing any noticeable damage. Other people have mild or moderate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, with alternating periods of good and difficult days. Still others have a severe form of the disease that is active most of the time, lasts for many years or a lifetime, and leads to serious joint damage and disability. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than 6 weeks in a child of 16 years of age or less. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, warmth, and soreness in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body mistakenly identifies some of its own cells and tissues as foreign. The immune system, which normally helps to fight off harmful, foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses, begins to attack healthy cells and tissues. The result is inflammation marked by redness, heat, pain, and swelling. (more information about autoimmune disorders)
Rheumatoid arthritis generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern, meaning that if one knee or hand is involved, the other one is also. The disease often affects the wrist joints and the finger joints closest to the hand, while sometimes affecting other joints, including the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles and feet. It can also affect other parts of the body besides the joints. People with rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from fatigue, occasional fevers, and a general sense of not feeling well. The pain and stiffness usually lasts for more than 30 minutes in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating. Treatment historically has been limited to costly prescription drugs (and their many potentially dangerous side effects). Today there are more choices. A new approach takes advantage of the cell-modulation properties of plant sterols (which already possess potent anti-inflammatory properties) found in the all-natural supplement Natur-Leaf ®. In one study of sterols and sterolins, 96 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis reported substantial improvement. In another basic research study using laboratory animals, it was demonstrated that sterols do possess potent anti-inflammatory properties similar to cortisone in reducing inflammation for rheumatoid arthritis. (more information about sterols/sitosterolins and beta sitosterols)
Rheumatoid arthritis can have serious effects on a person's life and well-being, but there are ways that allow most people with the disease to lead active and productive lives—exercise, rest, proper daily nutrition—especially as supplemented with Natur-Leaf ®, pain-relieving drugs and medication when needed.
Dr. Karl Pegel, Ph.D., whom many consider the foremost authority in the world on sterols and sterolins, states, "I would simply advise any person with arthritis to supplement their diet with sitosterolins." Natur-Leaf's ® synergistic combination of natural ingredients yields powerful immuno-modulating and anti-inflammatory effects.
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