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Arm Yourself Against the Crippling Disease of Arthritis

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by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

There are many forms of arthritis, but one thing they all have in common is their ability to produce debilitating pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the body’s joints and connective tissues.  Just as there are common threads of symptoms among the many forms of arthritis, there are also common threads of remedies to help treat the misery-inducing ailment, which afflicts millions of Americans every year.             Let’s look at some factors that can both help prevent (or delay onset of) arthritis and also help treat the condition.             •  To begin, limit intake of pro-inflammatory diet influences, such as simple sugars and carbohydrates.             •  Next, increase intake of fish and flax seeds and fish and flax oils for their inflammation reducing Omega-3 fatty acids.             •  Thirdly, keep moving.  Any sort of “exercise” can help improve blood circulation, strengthen muscles, bones, and connective tissues an…