Supplements for Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ): PQQ is a powerful antioxidant that has many benefits in the body. Most notably, it reduces inflammation and puts a stop to the damage caused to joints by arthritis. Since the study was done on rats, you may not be sure about the effects in humans, but this study shows that at 0.2 mg of PQQ/kg of bodyweight lowers inflammation in humans too.
- Omega 3: Omega 3 is another important nutrient, not just for our brains but our joints too. Omega 3 lowers inflammation in the body and lubricates the joints. Just be sure to keep your omega 6 levels in check as this can deplete omega 3 in the body and cause inflammation. Ideally, your omega 6 to 3 ratio should be 1:1. If you can’t consume fish oil, get an algae-based EPA and DHA supplement.
- Collagen: Collagen is a big component of cartilage. Cartilage is part of our joints and can deteriorate with diseases targeting joints and bone as well as aging. This study showed that it was beneficial in helping those with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and in this study it proved helpful for athletes who often struggle with joint issues due to overuse of muscles and joints.
- Calcium with Vitamins D3 and K2: These three nutrients work synergistically to make sure that each nutrient goes where it needs to and performs its job well. In this case, making the bones strong without causing calcification of soft tissue. Along with magnesium, these nutrients are essential for bone health.
- Magnesium: Magnesium relaxes the muscles and also helps to make sure that calcium is correctly regulated in the body. This will help you with the stiffness that accompanies AS. Magnesium is also essential for good quality sleep and to reduce anxiety. Taking Epsom salt baths help to reduce pain and stiffness due to the magnesium and sulfate content in the Epsom salt.
- Ayurvedic oils: The following oils have proven to be effective at reducing pain and inflammation: mahanarayan oil, mahamash oil, flexn oil, and vishgarbha oil. Massaging them into your back and any other joints that are affected not only reduces the pain and inflammation but relaxes you too.
- Water: Water is not a supplement, but something that we cannot live without. Staying well hydrated is important for your joints and muscles. 6-8 glasses of water will keep you healthy in more ways than just your muscles and joints. Limit or avoid beverages that have a dehydrating effect like alcohol, soft drinks, and coffee. Pay special attention to hot days and as well as when you exercise.
Always make sure that you choose reputable supplements, not all supplements are of good quality and can either be ineffective or cause harm in the long run.
- Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. It is a type of arthritis mainly affecting the spine but which can progress to other joints in the body.
- The two biggest causes of ankylosing spondylitis infection with the Klebsiella bacteria usually resulting from poor digestive health and chronic stress and anxiety.
- Klebsiella bacteria feed on leftover starch in the digestive tract. This happens when there is an inability to digest carbohydrates, particularly, starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, and bread.
- A low carb mostly alkaline diet will benefit those suffering from ankylosing spondylitis and those who carry the risk. Cut out grains as much as possible, and soak your nuts before eating them.
- Chronic stress, anxiety, and fear cause stress hormones to be released constantly which leads to inflammation and diseases, including autoimmune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis.
- Meditation, deep breathing, gratitude, cold showers, support groups, and Reiki can be helpful in reducing stress and the hormones released due to stress.
- Relieve pain, inflammation, and stiffness by taking a calcium, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and magnesium supplement. Epsom salt baths also relieve pain and stiffness.
- Supplements like PQQ, omega 3, and collagen can help to maintain joint health and reduce pain and inflammation.
- Stay well hydrated and try massaging an ayurvedic oil like mahanarayan oil into the affected areas.
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