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At GLX3, we are committed to providing a supplement that those with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can depend on to help reduce joint pain and inflammation. But what exactly are these two conditions, and how are they different?


Let’s dive into the differences between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and look at what causes each. And, we’ll look at potential options and need-information for tracking symptoms of both conditions.


What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

Because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, the key to understanding what causes it is to look at your immune system. The problem is, though, that we still don’t know exactly why the immune system attacks healthy tissue and how to prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis.


The issue at heart is why the immune system attacks healthy tissue surrounding the joints, which is what rheumatoid arthritis is. Over time, this can impact surrounding ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and sometimes even bones. We know that smoking can increase the likelihood of the condition, but other factors can be genetic. 


What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

We recommend keeping a notebook of how frequently you experience these symptoms and how severely they impact you. If you experience fever, fogginess or fatigue, or frequent loss of appetite in conjunction with joint pain or noticeable inflammation, it might be time to talk to your doctor.


Beyond your joints, if you notice inflammation in other areas around the face or in the lungs, it may be time to consider seeking a diagnosis and pursuing treatment. Again, please talk to your doctor — we aren’t trying to freak you out, but it is important to take these arthritis symptoms seriously and not delay in taking action if you feel that something might be going on.


Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms tend to be more quickly noticeable than those of osteoarthritis, which tend to come on slowly and with less immediate impact. One way to tell the difference on your own is to pay attention to whether joint pain and inflammation are affecting only one side of your body or both. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to impact both sides of your body, while osteoarthritis frequently impacts joints on only one side. Rheumatoid arthritis also tends to impact more of the body than osteoarthritis.


How to treat rheumatoid arthritis?


Speak with your doctor about any recommended medications. We encourage you to consider New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel Oil because it contains a base rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the mussels themselves. High-omega supplements are an easy way for you to combat joint pain and inflammation. One of the best ways to treat any form of arthritis or other condition induced by inflammation is to watch your diet. As tempting as those treats can be, channel your inner-adult and kick your dietary discipline into high gear.


The good news here is that, while you’re going to have to leave the plastic-wrapped, sugar-coated sweets on the shelf, there are some deliciously tempting foods that actually fit quite well into a diet optimized for joint health.


Let’s focus on the positive — ranch dressing. Yes, break out the bottle of Hidden Valley because ranch is on the approved list, provided you’re dipping Vitamin C-rich veggies into it. Surround your dipping bowl with plenty of tomatoes, carrots, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower, and you’re table is set for the guilt-free snack party. 


When the craving for crunch kicks in, opt for chips and salsa or other veggie-rich options, preferably raw as this ensures you are taking in all of the vitamins and nutrients of the plant. For a main course, try salmon, winter squash, and foods high in Omega-3s and Vitamin C. For a side, choose steamed or baked potatoes, preferably of the sweet variety.


What causes osteoarthritis?

The most frequent causes of osteoarthritis are repetitive movements of the same joints, as well as injuries to joints — particularly if you don’t seek treatment for those injuries. If you write a lot, or have a job that involves moving one part of your body in a repetitive motion over and over on a daily basis, keep a keen eye out for the symptoms mentioned above.


Another guilty party is cartilage breakdown, common in athletes and those who work on their feet all day. This causes strain to the ligaments, joints, and muscles, and over time, begins to wear them out. You will most frequently notice the symptoms in your hips, knees, hands, and spine.


How to treat osteoarthritis?


As with rheumatoid arthritis, you want to be on the lookout for anti-inflammatory medication — i.e. medication that reduces joint pain and inflammation. New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel Oil is a top choice because it contains anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, and with products like GLX3, you are also adding olive oil and Vitamin E oil into the mx to create a power punch of osteoarthritis-fighting benefits. 


Another active step you can take to fight osteoarthritis is to combine GLX3 with a DMARD, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. Your doctor can recommend top choices for you, and advise on dosage amount and frequency. This can be particularly effective if you have an overactive immune system because DMARDs can actually blockade the immune system and reduce its damage to tissues in the joints.