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My joints tend to crack often, in particular, my neck and my wrists, they get quite stiff as well. It's been getting worse with age, my 30th birthday is just around the corner, and a physiotherapist warned me a few years ago that if I don't keep this in check, then from my middle ages onwards I'll be at a very high risk for strokes.<br><br>
Judging by what I feel, some sort of diet or herb supplement or similar is the best way to go about soothing my joints, but I Googled the anti-inflammatory diet and it seems to call for eating a lot of fish. Help?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:">
 

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If you Google "diet for arthritis" or something similar, you find lots of info on alkaline vs. acidic diets. You have to weed through the whack-job sites, but there should be plenty to read on the Arthritis Foundation's site, etc.
 

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Some people say glucosamine tablets help.<br>
Here are some links to vegan glucosamine:<br><br><a href="http://www.evitamins.com/vegan-glucosamine-750-mg-veglife-5452" target="_blank">http://www.evitamins.com/vegan-gluco...g-veglife-5452</a><br><a href="http://www.devanutrition.com/glucosamine_msm_cmo.html" target="_blank">http://www.devanutrition.com/glucosamine_msm_cmo.html</a><br><br>
These brands are vegan: DEVA, VegLife, NuTru<br>
They also make omega 3 supplements, B12, vitamin D and many others.<br><br>
Sometimes you can find them at Whole Foods. Or you can order them online. One website where you can buy lots of vegan stuff is Vegan Essentials: <a href="http://www.veganessentials.com/" target="_blank">http://www.veganessentials.com/</a><br><br>
Some people also claim a bit of extra fat in your diet can help or an omega 3 supplement. Those can be vegan too, check the above manufacturers. (for some people, however, extra fat makes the problem worse.)<br><br>
Lastly, an elimination diet can help determine if you have inflammation as a response to eating certain foods. Here's how to do an elimination diet : <a href="http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdougall/021200pudiet.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdou...1200pudiet.htm</a>
 

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ElaineV, thank you for that great information! I have recently developed ouchy finger joints, osteo, so I am ordering the vegan glucosamine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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have you started with apple cider vinegar yet? That's an old folk medicine that my dad still uses. He uses honey with it, but that could be left out. lots of articles on using the vinegar....<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=apple+cider+vinegar+for+arthritis&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=" target="_blank">https://www.google.com/search?q=appl...rchBox&ie=&oe=</a>
 

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do you exercise regularly?<br><br>
moving is the best thing you can do for joint pain: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703841904576257151484986480.html" target="_blank">http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...484986480.html</a><br><br>
try regular yoga classes for a while (if you dont already)
 

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Thanks for the replies! Between that and some reading I've done in my yoga material, I've got a few ideas of what the cause could be.<br><br>
First off, I had been taking flaxseed oils as a standard daily supplement as well as my B-complexes. Though one website I was reading said that Omega-3s can often go bad if they're not kept in the refrigerator, and I've had my bottle since June or so and it hasn't been in the fridge once since I bought it. Just wondering if this is true?<br><br>
And second, for those of you familiar with Ayurveda, I'm a combination Pitta(hot)-Vata(cool & dry) type. And the dominant dosha easily varies with the seasons. While I was living in Georgia, Pitta prevailed, so it makes sense now that I'm living in Holland, which is a bit colder, and we're coming into winter that I'm showing more Vata-like symptoms, not just in my joints but also in my digestive tract and my mood. So I'm thinking one thing I'm going to do is start eating to pacify my Vata, can't hurt in any case.<br><br>
Also, with glucosamine, how long does it take usually to be effective? I was on it for about 6 weeks before I was vegan, and only noticed a marginal difference.<br><br>
Finally, on a happy note, I have noticed a difference for the better in my joints now that I go to yoga classes instead of relying on DVDs all of the time, although it does seem like if my joints were lubricated then I'd have a much easier time going into the more advanced poses that I've been trying to nail for a while.
 

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Re glucosamine: if you decide to try this, definitely go with glucosamine sulfate as opposed to glucosamine hydrochloride. The HCL version has not fared well in clinical trials, whereas the sulfate one has had some positive results in studies. Wikipedia is a good starting point for researching glucosamine: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucosamine#Use_as_a_Dietary_Supplement" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucosa...ary_Supplement</a>. Also, one of the major benefits that my old osteo guy discovered was not so much the reduction of inflammation, but help with slowing/halting further deterioration of cartilage. I've been taking it for ages though, and have seen some benefit in my arthritic knee..less pain definitely.
 

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yes, your flax seed oil should be kept in the fridge. If you didn't have a really hot summer, it may be alright. Put it in fridge asap.
 

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Another thing to try is turmeric. It has some benefits regarding inflammation. I take about 1/2 tsp per day in a glass of water. I've also read that combining it with some black pepper enhances its properties. Sort of like olive oil and tomatoes.
 

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Another thing to try is turmeric. It has some benefits regarding inflammation. I take about 1/2 tsp per day in a glass of water. I've also read that combining it with some black pepper enhances its properties. Sort of like olive oil and tomatoes.</div>
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I ruined a perfectly good smoothie, trying to add that much turmeric on the first try! Nearly gagged me......It's absolutely true it helps against inflammation, but it's best to try to wk up to it. Good for you for being able to drink it all!
 

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I have joint issues too and haven't found any dietary solutions so far that help. Nevertheless, I do want to point you to this website: <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/" target="_blank">http://nutritiondata.self.com/</a><br>
It gives an inflammation score (as well as all sorts of additional info.) for foods.
 
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