Research shows that your nagging joint pain may not be a fact of old age. Instead, one simple—and easy-to-fix—vitamin deficiency could be to blame.
In Dr. Micozzi’s Arthritis Relief & Repair Protocol, he says, “Unfortunately, many people with arthritis tend to have low blood levels of vitamin E.”
And the research confirms it…
In one study comparing 140 people with knee osteoarthritis and 422 people without the disease, those with the highest blood levels of beta- and gamma-tocopherol (the major forms of vitamin E) were 52 percent less likely to have knee osteoarthritis.
In a separate study, researchers discovered very low levels of vitamin E in the synovial fluid of people with knee osteoarthritis—the fluid that lubricates the knee joint and helps reduce wear-and-tear. And the researchers of this study concluded that, “Vitamin E supplementation may have a role in the management of patients with knee osteoarthritis.”
In another study, French researchers looked at 81 patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis, dividing them into two groups: One group took a vitamin E-containing supplement for three months and the other didn’t. After three months, the supplement group had 64 percent less pain and 57 percent less stiffness than those not taking it.
They also were taking 61 percent fewer painkillers than the folks not getting vitamin E. The vitamin E-containing supplement “appeared to decrease the need for NSAIDs and improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis,” concluded the researchers in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.
As the science shows—if you suffer from arthritis pain—adding vitamin E to your diet is a must.
In fact, one German study showed that higher doses of vitamin E—600 IU, three times a day— were just as effective as diclofenac (pain medication with common brand names like Cataflam, Dyloject, Voltaren, Zipsor, and Zorvolex) in easing pain, morning stiffness, and improving grip strength.
Dr. Micozzi recommends taking 400 IU of vitamin E daily—in the form of mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols—a more natural form of vitamin E than the synthetic alpha-tocopherol that dominates the market.
He also highly recommends filling your diet with plenty of delicious vitamin E-rich foods, including healthy oils, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, eggs, fish, and meats.
So, go ahead—load your Christmas dinner plate up tomorrow with some asparagus, squash, broccoli, spinach, and cranberries—all of which are rich in vitamin E.