Juicing for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, most often affects women over the age of forty-five. It causes the cartilage lining the joints to degenerate and results in early morning stiffness, joint pain that gets worse over time, and loss of joint functions, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. As the disease progresses, you may lose mobility in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis, a far more serious form of the disease, is chronic inflammation that affects the joints and entire body and results in extreme fatigue, stiffness, bone degeneration, and deformities that limit range of motion and mobility. Women are more likely than men to suffer from this condition.

As in osteoporosis, medication is typically the first line of defense against osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Adverse side effects have led many to replace or supplement medications with fresh fruit and vegetable juices, which contain antioxidants that can battle toxins that lead to inflammation and disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. Juicing is an excellent way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake and get the nutrients your body needs.

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