New research finds alkaline mineral supplement relieves osteoarthritis symptoms.
Daily supplementation with an alkaline mineral supplement has been shown to significantly reduce pain, tenderness and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the finger joints and knuckles, say researchers.
During the study period, 100 people suffering from OA of the hands and with an average age of 65 participated in the study. Those who were currently taking OA medication, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine, stopped taking it prior to the study commencing and no other adjustments were made to their lifestyle during the study.
Being a double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, neither the evaluating physician nor the participants knew if, or at which point during the 56 day study period, they were alternatively taking the placebo or the supplement. They were simply divided into two groups of 50 and instructed to take the medication twice a day. After the 28th day, they were switched. Every two weeks, the patients visited the evaluating physician who would collect various data – Quality of Life assessment, Daily Pain Visual Analogue scale, evaluation of pain, stiffness and tenderness, as well as urine pH – to be used in the final statistical evaluation.
With 98 patients completing the study, researchers were able to report that a twice daily dose of the alkaline mineral supplement generated significant improvements within just two weeks. Pain, stiffness and tenderness were all markedly reduced.
The most interesting observation was that, while the patients who received the supplement for the first 28 days experienced immediate improvement in the tested parameters, this improvement remained constant for two weeks after the switch to placebo, indicating a carry-over effect. This suggested that the alkaline mineral supplement has a sustained effect in the body. By the end of the four weeks on placebo, this group’s symptoms recurred, but did not return to their starting point.
For the group that started with the placebo, their pain, tenderness and stiffness parameters remained unchanged until they started on the alkaline mineral supplement regimen 28 days later.
The researchers concluded that based on the positive result of their research, an alkaline mineral supplement may be considered a safe, alternative, natural treatment, either alone or together with other conventional treatments, in the management and prevention of this common, degenerative and painful disease.
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