The risk of developing arthritis is increased sevenfold for those who have damaged a joint through a past injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Years later, following an injury, aches and pains may set in as inflammation takes hold.
Copper, an essential mineral, can help rebuild connective tissue that was damaged through injury, and, due to copper’s role in maintaining body cells and tissues, it can play an important part in preventing muscle and joint pain. Copper is sometimes used as a natural treatment for arthritis, according to Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS.
Copper assists in reducing inflammation and pain. Copper is also an important component to maintaining collagen and elastin, which have effects on joint and ligament health.
One in five Canadians has arthritis, according to the Arthritis Society. After the age of 65, the odds of developing arthritis increase to one in two.
There are over 100 types of arthritis. However a majority of them are inflammatory such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, childhood arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis and many more, causing painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints.
The University of Rochester Medical Center cites arthritis and inflammation as a symptom of copper deficiency. While a deficiency is not very common, the North American diet tends to be low in copper, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center, so boosting copper intake through good dietary sources may be good preventative medicine.
Good dietary sources of copper include: cocoa, beef liver, beans, mushrooms, shellfish, nuts, honey and dark leafy greens.
Supplementation with copper is an option. Consult with a health care practitioner Copper topical cream, or copper bracelets are also an option. There are many alternatives available. Seek out the best option that is most effective for you to help your body utilize copper to its full benefit.
With many diseases stemming from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, it’s time to start treating our bodies the way nature intended, with real, whole foods, herbs and natural remedies.