Vitamin therapy is essential for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. Many RA patients have vitamin deficiencies and need to take many vitamins to help relieve their symptoms. While you can get some vitamins by maintaining a healthy diet, an RA patient typically needs more than that. In this week’s blog post we will discuss what vitamins are best for RA patients and why they help.
The first vitamin that we will discuss is vitamin D, which is an important vitamin for your bones, muscles, and immune system. Many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is necessary for RA patients because people who often have a low level of vitamin D often experience worse RA symptoms than those with higher amounts of vitamin D. It is important to have enough vitamin D so your body can use the calcium it receives and vitamin D helps lower inflammation. Vitamin D can even be found in salmon, but if you aren’t getting enough vitamin D with your diet consider talking to your doctor about taking a vitamin that contains vitamin D.
Our next essential supplement that RA patients struggle to get enough of is calcium. This mineral is important for our bones and muscles, however RA patients often have a hard time absorbing this and RA can cause bone loss. This can lead to weak bones and make fractures likely to happen, therefore making sure you are getting enough calcium into your body is important so your bones become stronger. Some foods that are a good source of calcium are: salmon, almonds, broccoli, kale, and orange juice.
Another vitamin that helps RA patients is vitamin B-12. This vitamin helps make red bloods cells and allows the nervous system to function properly. Vitamin B-12 is essential for RA patients because it reduces homocysteine, which is an amino acid that RA patients tend to have high levels of. Having a high level of homocysteine can increase your risk of fractures. Nuts can be a great source of this. If you aren’t getting enough of these vitamins in your daily diet vitamin therapy is the way to go!