A new study from the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, finds that vitamin D may prevent inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. This vitamin strengthens the immune system helping prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and causing autoimmune conditions of this kind.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed blood samples and joint fluid samples from rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Study author Dr. Louisa Jeffery from the University of Birmingham says: “Our research indicated that maintaining sufficient vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.”
A new research from Switzerland suggests that a substance extracted from brown algae could potentially treat osteoarthritis. The research was led by Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), and Dr. Katharina Maniura, from Empa.
With the help of the experiments in vitro, the scientists discovered that polysaccharide alginate derivatives extracted from the stems of brown algae Laminaria hyperborean can strop joint cartilage deterioration.
The researchers believe that development of a clinical solution target the condition itself, not its symptoms, would greatly improve the quality of life, as well as allow people with the disease to avoid complications that one day could lead to disability and surgery of joint replacement.
A recent research discovered that nowadays knee arthritis is more than twice as common as it used to be only a few generations ago. Scientists say that the risk of developing the condition is 46% now.
Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, says that this phenomenon could be influenced by inactivity of modern life. The study demonstrates that cases of developing arthritis more than doubled these days.
Dr. Metzl explains: “The best thing to do is strengthen your muscles with exercises like squats and lunges instead of saying off of the knee and, in effect, becoming more inactive.
A recent research from the UK finds that eating fish just twice a week can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
For the study, the team of researchers followed 176 patients with rheumatism living in Baltimore and estimated how often they ate fish over the past year, as well as the size of the portion. The fish, included in the study, were tuna, salmon, sardines, raw fish such as sashimi or sushi, and grilled, steamed baked trout, sole, halibut, grouper, and poke.
Dr. Sara Tedeschi, the lead author of the study in Arthritis Care and Research, says: “If our finding holds up in other studies it suggests that fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity.”