Shopping for the right vitamin that works for you and your body can be a difficult and daunting process. Upon searching, you’re flooded with information about a multitude of different vitamins, potential health benefits, clinical studies, and varying recommendations. This process becomes even more difficult when your goal is to supplement deficiencies stemming from an illness like Rheumatoid Arthritis. To make the process easier for you, we have gathered information from sources such as the Arthritis Foundation and compacted it into a single article. The information that follows will detail information on each vitamin within our product. This information will include the bodily function of these vitamins, the recommended daily amounts compared to our dosages, as well as some special considerations and notes on recent research studies. We hope that this mini-guide will help you understand our vitamins a bit better and pave the way to you being a happier, healthier person. That being said, every human body and case of illness is different and may require different inputs. We recommend that you contact your doctor to discuss if RheumaRelief is right for you.
-builds and maintains strong bones
-aids with calcium absorption
-helps prevent osteoporosis
– helps regulate cells responsible for autoimmune functions
-Adequate amounts are linked to improved heart health
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 600 international units (IU) daily for adults age 70 and younger; 800 IU daily for adults 71 and older.
Our special considerations:
-Some experts think higher doses are needed. Catherine Peterson, PhD, associate professor of nutrition at the University of Missouri, recommends 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily to maintain healthy levels and at least 4,000 IU to correct deficiencies – common in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
-Peterson also recommends that those interested in Vitamin D supplements should search specifically for vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). This form of the vitamin happens to be the same form the body makes from sunlight. It is better absorbed and more effective than its’ counterpart, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). With this knowledge in hand, we have incorporated the more effective Vitamin D3 form in our RheumaRelief supplement.
Tolerable upper limit (UL) = 4,000 IU per day.
Our dosage: 4000 IU
Zinc is involved in:
-associated with more than 100 enzymatic reactions in the body.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 11 mg daily for men; 8 mg daily for women.
Tolerable upper limit (UL) = 40 mg daily.
Our dosage: 4 mg
Too Little: Hair loss, eye and skin sores, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Our Special Considerations: Studies demonstrate significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to those without it, with lowest reported levels being associated with more severe disease. Researchers say zinc may help improve RA symptoms by supporting the immune system and cartilage.
-maintains strong bones and teeth
-regulates muscle contractions
-transmits nerve impulses
-helps release essential hormones and enzymes.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 1,000 milligrams (mg) daily for adults age 50 and younger; 1,200 mg for those 51 and older. Taking calcium with vitamin D boosts absorption as much as 65 percent.
Tolerable upper limit (UL) = 2,500 mg.
Our dosage: 100 mg
Too Little: Contributes to bone loss, tooth loss, muscle cramps and hypertension.
Our Special Considerations: Calcium helps prevent osteoporosis – the loss of bone density. Getting enough calcium is crucial for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and those taking corticosteroids – each of which significantly increases osteoporosis risk. Some research suggests calcium supplements may also slow RA-related joint damage.
-needed in more than 100 chemical reactions in the body
-forms amino acids, red blood cells, vitamin B-3 and antibodies.
-important for nerve and brain function, as well as energy production.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 1.3 milligrams (mg) for all adults up to age 50; age 50 and older, 1.7 mg for men, 1.5 mg for women.
Tolerable upper limit (UL) = 80 mg for adults up to age 50; age 50 and older, 100 mg.
Our dosage: 10 mg
Too Little: Rare; symptoms include skin inflammation, swollen tongue, depression, confusion and convulsions. Lower than optimal levels are linked to high levels of homocysteine, which can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Research Note: Low vitamin B-6 levels are common in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); levels drop as inflammation increases. In one study, taking 100 mg of vitamin B-6 and 5 mg folic acid daily for 12 weeks reduced inflammatory markers in the blood, but other studies don’t support this finding.
-essential for normal brain and nervous system function
-helps make red blood cells and DNA
-forms the genetic material in cells
-involved in energy production
-converts folate to its active form.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 2.4 mcg (micrograms) daily.
There is no tolerable upper limit (UL) for vitamin B-12.
Our dosage: 500 mcg
Too Little: Too little vitamin B-12 can cause exhaustion, cognitive difficulties, nerve damage and anemia. The ability to absorb vitamin B-12 from food decreases with age. Most experts recommend older adults get this vitamin from supplements or fortified foods.
Research Note: Vitamin B12 reduces homocysteine, an amino acid found at high levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Even moderately elevated homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of fractures in older adults.
-maintains nerve and muscle function
-regulates heart rhythm and blood sugar levels
-helps maintain joint cartilage.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 420 milligrams (mg) daily for men 31 and older; 320 mg for women.
Tolerable upper limit (UL) = 350 mg.
Our dosage: 100 mg
Too Little: Rare, but early symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness.
Research Note: Many studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, have found that eating foods high in magnesium and potassium increases bone density and may help prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis. Given its’ role in healthy bone growth and maintenance, we couldn’t help but incorporate this mineral into our vitamin.
-Functions as an antioxidant, helping to prevent free-radical damage.
-Essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland and immune system.
How Much: Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) = 55 mcg daily.
Our dosage: 0.04 mg
Too Little: Rare; impaired immunity and heart disease.
Research Note: Some research suggests selenium may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While it has not been shown in clinical studies to relieve pain or stiffness in people with established disease, we have decided to include this antioxidant into our blend.