Moringa Oleifera and the Arthritides By Dr. Howard W. Fisher
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The term Arthritis originates from the Greek word for joint (arthro) and the ending of it is meaning inflammation. It is actually an inflammatory joint problem that affects approximately forty million people in the United States alone. Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis the most common form is a plague to the aging population, osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease. The other relatively common forms of arthritis are gout (hyperuricemia), pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. There are pain syndromes like fibromyalgia and autoimmune related arthritis like disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis, that may involve every part of the body. There is also a septic arthritis where an infection actually damages the joint. There are more than one hundred joints in the body and nineteen in each hand alone. With nine carpal bones in the wrist and the continuous use of our hands in daily life, no wonder we have overuse disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis (thumb in video game players), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Continued overuse with no intervention may result in arthritic conditions later in life.
According to the CDC and based on 2007-2009 data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)(1), an estimated 50 million (22% of adults) have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Furthermore 21 million adults (9% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation. If we further examine the data based on the 2003 National Health Interview Survey, it is a projected that 67 million (25%) adults aged 18 years or older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis in less than twenty years by 2030. An estimated 37% (25 million adults) of those with arthritis will report arthritis-attributable activity limitations by the year 2030. 
The consistent symptom is always the major complaint by individuals who have arthritis: joint pain. The pain is often something that the sufferer has constantly and may be located in the affected joint and radiate to the peripheral areas. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from the disease, the daily wear and tear of joint (erosion of the joint capsule), muscle strains caused by continued movement through a functional range of motion against stiff, painful damaged joints and of course the subsequent fatigue to the muscles.
Currently there is no cure for either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis and may include physiotherapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and weight control), bracing, medications and for those who are aware, natural relief from phyto-nutrients. We commonly hear about joint replacement surgery for hips and knees as these joints get down to ‘bone on bone’ a little later in life. Often it is the constant inflammatory condition itself that erodes the cartilage, deranging the joint. If one can decrease the inflammation, the joint damage may be slowed. Medications can help reduce inflammation in the joint which decreases pain and potential future damage but take a toxic toll on the rest of your body (liver) from the continued ingestion of chemicals.
Many of the clinical studies conducted examining the relationship between nutrition and arthritis examine have focused on omega-3 fatty acids primarily on rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  RA is a chronic, systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks synovial joints causing pain and swelling in the joints. A number of studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce symptoms of RA, including, inflammation, joint pain and morning stiffness.   Galarraga et al (2008) found that people with RA who take n-3 fatty acids were able to lower their dose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but it does not appear to slow progression of RA, only to treat the symptoms and damage to the synovial membranes of the joint continues. In light of the progression of RA, decreasing the damage to the synovial membranes will significantly delay the damage. Bahadori et al (2010) found that oral supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids lengthens the benefits of this therapeutic approach in the treatment of arthritis. A study by Curtis (2002) indicated that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids (and low in the inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids) was able to help rebuild cartilage and help people with osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis).  A further study on osteoarthritis (Zainal 2009) found that there were benefits to be derived from increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids are found in Moringa oleifera and the ratio is disproportionately omega 3 fatty acids.
One of the most impressive studies that actually links Moringa oleifera to derived benefits was the meta-analysis conducted by Goldberg et al (2007). “The results suggest that omega-3 PUFAs are an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and dysmenorrhea.” Moringa is a rich dietary source of omega-3 PUFAs.  When looking at arthritis from a diversity of perspectives, Moringa oleifera has been used to treat the pain and inflammatory conditions caused by arthritis, a disorder affecting more than fifty million Americans, and other degenerative diseases.       
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