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Nutrition and Arthritis - The Role of Vitamins and Other Nutrients

Information, articles, and resources on nutrition and arthritis. Learn more about the role of vitamins and other nutrients.
  1. A - Z: Diet & Prevention
  2. A - Z: Dietary Supplements
  3. A - Z: Herbal Remedies
  4. Over-the-Counter Drugs

Are Daily Multivitamins Important for Arthritis Patients?
Multivitamins are recommended for most people, especially those with chronic conditions, such as arthritis.

Fruits And Vegetables May Cut Arthritis Risk and Reduce Inflammation
Certain carotenoids, including beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, may reduce risk of arthritis.

Vitamin C and Arthritis: Opposite Findings for OA and RA
Two studies have opposite findings regarding the relationship between vitamin C and arthritis.

Osteoporosis and Nutrition: The Role of Calcium and Other Nutrients
Nutrition is one of many factors that influence osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Prevention: The Role of Calcium and Vitamin D
The foods we eat contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy. Two nutrients in particular — calcium and vitamin D — are needed for strong bones.

How to Start Eating Healthier
Start planning now for healthier eating.

Top 5 Steps to Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention
The National Osteoporosis Foundation suggests 5 steps to help prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Prevention For Kids: A Guide for Parents
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become less dense and prone to fractures. Osteoporosis has been called "a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences". Building healthy bones in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

How To Search The USDA National Nutrient Database
The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is one of the best and most comprehensive tools for evaluating the nutritional value of the foods you eat.

An In-Depth Report: Vitamins and Other Nutrients
An in-depth report on the dietary importance of vitamins and other nutrients.

Multiple vitamin overdose
Multiple vitamin overdose is poisoning from swallowing more than the recommended amount of multiple vitamins.

Child Nutrition Basics: Calcium Rich Foods
Inadequate calcium intake may mean children will not develop their optimal bone mass, which can put them at risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Knowing which foods are high in calcium can help you make sure that you are encouraging your kids to get enough calcium in their diet.

Caffeine in the diet
Caffeine is a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. It can also be produced synthetically and used as an additive in food products. It is a central nervous system stimulant and a diuretic.

Caffeine Symptoms
Too much caffeine can cause a variety of symptoms, as can caffeine withdrawal.

Is Caffeine Your Friend Or Foe?
Caffeine is a drug, popularly consumed in coffee, tea, soft drinks and, in smaller doses, chocolate. While we seem to have a love affair with these products, there’s been quite a bit of confusion and even controversy surrounding caffeine lately. Is it good or bad for us?

Calcification
Calcification is a process in which the mineral calcium builds up in tissue, causing it to harden. This can be a normal or abnormal process. 99% of calcium entering the body is deposited in bones and teeth and the remaining 1% of calcium is dissolved in the blood. When a disorder affects the balance between calcium and other minerals, calcium can be deposited in other parts of the body.

Make Friends with Fat: Omega-3
All fats are not created equal!

Good Fish, Bad Fish
When "fish" isn't the best source for Omega 3 fish oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food. Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are important for good health. The body cannot make these fatty acids on its own so omega-3s must be obtained from food.

Calcium Supplements - What You Should Look for in Calcium Supplements?
Calcium supplements are available without a prescription in a wide range of preparations and strengths, which can make selecting one a confusing experience. Many people ask which calcium supplement they should take. The “best” calcium supplements are those that meet your needs.

Getting Enough Calcium In Your Diet
Cow's milk and dairy products are probably the best known dietary source of calcium. Unfortunately, many people are lactose-intolerant, allergic to cow's milk, or may desire to exclude dairy products from their diet. Although the National Dairy Council might like you to believe milk is the only source of calcium, there are other sources for calcium available.

Calcium & Vitamin D May Not Be Enough to Reduce Fracture Risks
Studies suggest that supplementation with Calcium and Vitamin D is not effective for preventing fractures in older people.

Calcium in the diet
Calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the human body. Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the growth, maintenance, and reproduction of the body. Calcium is essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones. The bones incorporate calcium into their structure and are continually being reabsorbed and re-formed.

Water in the diet
Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen; it is the basis for the fluids of the body. Water makes up more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body. Without water, humans would die in a few days. All the cells and organs need water to function. Water serves as a lubricant and is the basis of saliva and the fluids surrounding the joints.

Drink Water To Maintain Good Health
When we were kids in school, we learned that each molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. What we really didn't learn, however, was how much water we needed in order to be healthy human beings.

Alcohol and diet
Alcohol comes from fermenting starches and sugars. When consumed, alcohol depresses your nervous system and acts as a mild anesthetic and tranquilizer. It is toxic in large quantities.

Sodium (Salt) in diet
Sodium is an element that the body needs to function properly. The body uses sodium to regulate blood pressure and blood volume. Sodium is also critical for the functioning of muscles and nerves.

Iron in diet
Iron is an important trace mineral that is found in every cell of the body, usually combined with protein. Iron is an essential mineral for humans because it is part of blood cells. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide. Although full-blown anemia is rarely evident, partial deficiency is widespread.

Folic acid (folate)
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin in the B-complex group. Folic acid works along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body digest and utilize proteins and to synthesize new proteins when they are needed. It is necessary for the production of red blood cells and for the synthesis of DNA.

Potassium in diet
Potassium is a mineral that is involved in both electrical and cellular functions in the body. (In the body it is classified as an electrolyte). Potassium is a very important mineral to the human body. It has various roles in metabolism and body functions.

Zinc in diet
Zinc is an important trace mineral. This element is second only to iron in its concentration in the body. Zinc plays an important role in the functioning of the immune system in the body. It is required for the enzyme activities necessary for cell division, cell growth, and wound healing.

Can You Deduct Nonprescription Drugs or Supplements on Your Taxes?
What legally "is and isn't" tax deductible can often be confusing. What is the proper tax treatment of items such as, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, herbal remedies, nicotine patches, contact lens solution, bandages, toothpaste and other medical supplies?

Diet and disease
This article provides descriptions of nutritional and dietary elements that have proven relationships to certain diseases or conditions.

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