Few Methods For Cartilage Restoration in a Completely Natural Way
The cartilage is a flexible connecting tissue found in the legs and arms’ joints and it is a part of the auricle, nose, airways and the chest. Moreover, it is lighter than the bones, but heavier than the muscles. Its basic property is the elasticity which enables the adaptation of movements as well as overcoming pressures that occur during bone movement.
The cartilage is in charged for the joint movement due to its mechanical properties such as responses on the friction during movement, pressure and straining. Furthermore, the cartilage is made out of chondrocytes cells and matrix whose main ingredient is collagen. As the years go by, the cartilage softens and becomes a problem for everyday activities. Besides aging, which is a natural process for the cartilage’s softening, obesity creates an additional pressure, especially on the knees, which makes movement more difficult. In addition, excessive physical activity or carrying heavy loads can cause mechanical damage and this is very characteristic for professional sportsmen. Also, steering machines which produce big vibrations can also lead to weakening of the cartilage in the joints. Hence, the recovery and restoration is a long and difficult process and the therapy must be regularly conducted.
Besides damaging, the cartilage is also prone to diseases such as osteoarthritis which attacks all joints in the body. This disease can lead to loss of the inner layer between the bones in the joints and this increases the pressure which leads to inflammation and pain and the muscles around the bones weaken as well. The disease appears after injuries or it can be caused by other factors such as genetic predisposition, age, excessive weight and stress. Moreover, this is a frequent case in people over their 40s, more frequently in men. Osteoarthritis develops slowly with dull ache in the thumbs, knees or hips. However, it is not an easily diagnosable disease since the pain in the beginning phase is not so significant. Depending on the stadium of the disease, a proper therapy is specified. Usually, the prescribed therapy is paracetamol, diclofenac or ibuprofen, and if they are not helpful, non-steroid antirheumatic drugs are used. Additionally, weight regulation such as easy exercises is necessary. The final option for curing the disease is operation or hyaluronic acid injections.
Chondrolysis is a disease that occurs in the matrix of the cartilage in the form of superficial necrosis of the joint surfaces or fissure. The reason may be an injury, infection or it can appear after a longer period of joint immobilization.
Chondromalacia patellae -joint disease followed by great pain during movement. This disease can appear in adolescence, especially in girls, and it is also characteristic for leg deformities such as Genu Valgum, commonly known as knock-knee or Genu Varum, known as bow-leg, and unequal leg length.
Spinal disc herniation is a damaging of the intervertebral disc and it usually affects elders. As a consequence of heavy lifting, sudden bending or scoliosis, penetration of the disc core through the damaged fibrous vertebrae ring and spinal nerve pressure occur. Furthermore, if there is tearing of the ligament which connects the vertebras, discus hernia develops and this is a very painful condition.
Cartilage tumors appear less frequently and they are primarily developed in the bones. Chondroma is benign, whereas chondrosarcoma is a malignant tumor of the joint cartilage. A quality nutrition rich in vitamins and amino acids can prevent damage of the cartilage. Moreover, the intake of the amino acid lysine is very significant. It can be consumed through eggs, soya, yogurt, cheese, dry fruits and legumes. Another important substance is chromatin which maintains the elasticity and pliability of the joints and it is present in sea food, lobster and crabs.
Foods rich in vitamins help in the restoration process and in maintaining healthy joint cartilages
Vitamin A– As a strong antioxidant it fights off the free radicals which can damage cells. During the recuperation of the cartilage, it is needed to intake food rich in this vitamin such as fish oil, dairy products, peppers, tomatoes, carrots and melon.
Vitamin C– Helps in the restoration of the collagen which has the main function in the formation of the tendons and ligaments. The recommended intake is 90 mg through supplementation or through intake of citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, kiwi, and grapefruit) and vegetables (lettuce).
Vitamin D– Lack of vitamin D can cause arthritis and joint diseases. The accumulation of this vitamin is achieved through the sunlight and another option is through foods such as fish, oysters, dairy products, butter and margarine.
Vitamin K-This vitamin activates the matrix of the Gla protein which is necessary for cartilage restoration. Moreover, it also controls the bone mineralization and supports the growth of the bone tissue. Foods such as lettuce, olive oil and parsley are rich in vitamin K and the recommended daily intake is 125 mg for men and 90 mg for women.
Glucosamine is considered as one of the most beneficial cures for arthritis and cartilage regeneration. Glucosamine is used as glucosamine sulfate and its use stimulates the embodiment of sulfur in the cartilage and therefore the flexibility and movement is improved. It is applied locally in the form of creams, gels and lotions onto the affected area combined with analgesics.
Alternative medicine offers several ways to cure arthritis and joint ache and these are some of them:
Bovine gelatin is one of the most efficient natural cures for renewal of damaged cartilages. Gelatin has similar content as the cartilage i.e. it is rich in amino acids, proteins and collagen. Therefore, its regular consumption leads to positive effects very quickly. The recommended intake is 10 grams per day for 30 days. After the end of the treatment, six months pause is necessary.
Compresses are also very helpful for red and inflamed knees. The first one is a compress fromsour milk and olive oil. The mixture is applied onto the inflamed knee and then the knee needs to be wrapped with a cotton cloth. Since the sour milk pulls out heat, this compress lowers the level of inflammation. The other compress is made out of cabbage leaves that are previously mashed and then applied onto the painful knee. In the end, the knee should be wrapped with a cotton cloth. You need to keep this compress for 2 hours.
Nettle tea is highly recommended for chronic pain since it is rich in siliceous acid which helps in decreasing the amount of pain. You can prepare the tea by pouring 200 ml of boiling water to two teaspoons of nettle and you need drink this tea three times per day.
Physical therapy, which includes magnets and LED lights that lower swellings, pain and stiffness, is very efficient in removing the joint pain and what’s more, it does not have any side effects. Moreover, acupuncture is another way to lower the pain since it affects the entire immune system, lowers the tension and increases the organism resistance. Furthermore, spas, healing water and healing mud are proposed to people who suffer from arthritis because of the therapeutic effect on the joints.