While most people tend to think of arthritis as being a disease of age, over half of those so affected are under the age of 65. Women make up slightly more than half of people with arthritis. Even children can suffer from this disease. There are actually over 100 different forms of arthritis, but the ones nearly everyone knows about are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While they both cause joint pain and inflammation, they have different causes.
Rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body begins to attack itself in some way. It is thought that the immune system is actually too strong in some of these cases. Rheumatoid arthritis will affect not only the joints, but will also cause damage to the heart, lungs, skin, and muscles.
Osteoarthritis is the arthritis that comes about as the cartilage in the joints begins to wear out. This does often happen as people age, especially those who have led very active lives where stress has been put upon the joints. The joints can also be stressed by obesity. Once the cartilage wears out, instead of the joints moving on what might be called a cushion, the bones will actually rub on one another. This is what causes the pain.
Most of the treatment for arthritis consists of trying to manage pain. Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs are used, but some of these have severe side affects and are often prescribed for only a limited time. Many people have found relief from the pain of arthritis by using chia seeds. It is the high amount of Omega-3 in chia seeds that will help to manage pain. Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory and after several weeks of using chia seeds, most arthritis sufferers notice an improvement in comfort and mobility. Chia will not act like a pain pill, taking a dose of chia seeds will not stop arthritis pain immediately, but the cumulative effects of chia will help to correct the condition to some extent.
As some osteoarthritis is caused or made worse because of excessive weight, here is another way that chia can help. Chia is very helpful to anyone looking to lose weight. Most of the reason that people fail to stay on a diet is because they feel hungry. Once the hunger pangs start, good resolutions are usually forgotten. Chia can help because it remains in the stomach longer, making the person feel full. Losing weight will certainly help to relieve the stress on the joints, and combined with the ability of chia increase mobility, will help nearly any arthritis patient to feel and move better.