Arthritis affects 3.3 million Australians*, often having a detrimental impact on every day living thanks to symptoms that may include inflamed joints, stiffness, disability and deformity.
While many sufferers rely on pharmaceutical medication to ease the pain, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist Janella Purcell says there are natural approaches that can be taken to manage the discomfort that’s experienced by 17.7% of women and 11.8% of men in Australia who have the condition.
“Astaxanthin, vegetarian glucosamine, boswellia and flaxseed oil** are highly beneficial natural foods and herbs that can help to increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation and swelling,” Purcell says. “When combined they become a potent supplement that has shown to give arthritis sufferers relief from what can become a debilitating, life-disrupting disease.”
Purcell, who is known widely for her role on Good Chef, Bad Chef, says she recommends her clients supplement a healthy diet with Lifestream AstaJoint, which has just been released in Australia.
“With a loyal following with both consumers and practitioners in New Zealand since 2009, it’s a coup for Australians to have access to a truly powerful supplement that offers pain relief without side effects common in pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories,” Purcell says.
JANELLA’S NATURAL ARTHRITIS MANAGEMENT PLAN
1. Alkalise Your Diet
There is so much food out there that we are only just starting to explore. This also means that we’ve been eating too much of the same food for far too long now. And it’s been mainly highly processed and refined food with a long shelf life that creates acidity. Acidity can increase the inflammation in joints creating pain and stiffness. Introduce sprouts, cereal grasses and sea veggies to bring your body into an alkaline state.
2. Take an All-Natural Supplement
Taking a vegetarian, all-natural supplement to help support the body to subside pain naturally is essential for fast relief. Lifestream AstaJoint helps to maintain joint flexibility, mobility and function, while providing antioxidant protection against the damaging effects of free radicals.
3. Add in Turmeric
Turmeric is a wonderful spice to add into your daily life along with its cousin, ginger. Either grate them into your smoothie or add either or both to your casseroles, grains, soups or roast vegies – perhaps add some garlic for it’s strong medicinal qualities also.
4. Take Aloe Vera
The pulp from this wonderful plant has ‘mucilaginous’ qualities, which means it will help to build up cartilage. For best results, drink Lifestream Aloe Vera juice on an empty stomach.
5. Supplement with Micro Greens
Micro greens, such as barley, wheatgrass and spirulina, are wonderful for not only their ‘cooling’ effect, but also due to their mineral and enzyme-dense nature, plus they’re also alkalising. Look no further than Lifestream for quality, wholefood micro greens.
Lifestream AstaJoint is available at selected health food stores and pharmacies. Or online at www.planethealth.com.au 120c RRP $84.95
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* Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey 2011/12
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal condition in which a person’s joints become inflamed, which may result in pain, stiffness, disability and deformity. The symptoms often have a significant impact on everyday life. In 2011-12, 14.8% of Australians (or around 3.3 million people) had arthritis, with prevalence higher amongst women than men (17.7% compared with 11.8%). Of persons with arthritis, more than half (55.9%) had osteoarthritis, 13.6% had rheumatoid arthritis, and 37.3% had an unspecified type of arthritis. Note that as it is possible to have more than one type of arthritis, proportions add to more than 100%. The prevalence of arthritis increased with age, from less than 1% of people aged under 25 years to 52.1% of people aged 75 years and over. Women aged 45 years and over were considerably more likely to have arthritis than men. In particular, at ages 75 years and over, 59.9% of women had arthritis compared with 42.3% of men.
** 4 Potent, Natural Ingredients to Target Arthritis with Lifestream AstaJoint
Glucosamine assists in building and maintaining healthy cartilage, which is essential for healthy function of the joints. It also plays a role in the formation of tendons, ligaments and synovial fluid. This vegetarian formula is great for those allergic to shellfish or who choose ethical sourcing.
Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known and a Dr. Oz favourite for good reason. Astaxanthin helps to reduce the risk of cellular damage at the joints and assists in protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. No other joint formula contains this amazing superfood.
Boswellia acids are the active components in Boswellia that act as a natural anti inflammatory without any side effects. Boswellia can be safely used long term for joint support.
Flaxseed oil contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is a beneficial omega 3 fatty acid that plays a role in healthy functioning of the joints, skin, healthy heart and immune function.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, gluten free, with no artificial additives, fillers, preservatives, colours or flavours. Contains no fish, shellfish or gelatin.