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Link Between Minerals and Arthritis Pain

  • Published: 2010-06-22 : John Anderson.
  • Synopsis: Mineral deficiency is often associated with accelerating arthritic conditions

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Choosing the right minerals is a great first step in combating arthritis pain. Here is a quick look at which minerals are recommended and why.

Mineral deficiency is often associated with accelerating arthritic conditions.

An increasing number of diseases today may be associated with mineral deficiency. Though mineral deficiencies are associated with several arthritic conditions, minerals are often overlooked as a needed supplement in the treatment of arthritis. Ancient cultures have used minerals for their health benefits and healing properties for hundreds of generations.

By studying the use of minerals in ancient cultures, valuable insight has been gained as to which minerals are the most effective in treating arthritis and joint pain. Choosing the right minerals is a great first step in combating arthritis pain. Here is a quick look at which minerals are recommended and why.


Manganese is needed to build cartilage. We can have substantial levels of Glucosamine but without adequate manganese the production of cartilage grinds to a stop. In a clinical trial studying glucosamine, chondroitin and manganese, 72 people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee showed significant improvement in symptoms after taking these supplements. An estimated 37% of people have low levels of manganese in their diets.


Copper is needed to activate lysyl oxisidase, the enzyme responsible for cross linking collagen and elastin, creating connective tissue. This process gives cartilage and elastin its strength and durability. Elastin is also the main material found in blood vessels, discs, joint cartilage and skin. Any arthritis treatment will be more effective if the collagen and elastin is effectively cross linked, reducing wear and tear on the joint. More importantly, on average 6% of autopsies report that cause of death was a ruptured aneurism and 40% of other autopsies had undiagnosed, un-ruptured aneurysms. It is speculated that copper deficiency may be a major reason for these often premature deaths.


Rheumatoid arthritis suffers often have a selenium deficiency. It is speculated that selenium, an antioxidant, can help to relieve arthritis symptoms by regulating free radical production and preventing damage to healthy tissues.

In addition selenium regulates immune function, which may account for selenium's beneficial effect in rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune condition.


Arthritis suffers searching for a natural alternative for their arthritis pain, may find that a mineral complex is the answer. Science is increasingly finding therapeutic potential in minerals and natural source compounds. Many of these compounds have an esteemed therapeutic lineage, having been used in Native medicine for thousands of years to treat arthritis pain and other ailments. Lakota announced the availability of the "Extra Strength Joint Care" enhanced with the medicinal mineral Lumanite (patent pending). This first ever combination of minerals and Native American medicines is indicated for not only relief of joint pain and inflammation, but for protection against cartilage deterioration and a re-growth of healthy connective tissue. This unique mineral compound, though ancient, is supported by modern research. Minerals may be nature's gift to ease arthritis pain.

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