Updated: Aug 2, 2019
You may have heard someone in your family joke that their arthritis acts up when it rains, but for some people dealing with arthritis pain isn’t dependent on the weather - it’s an every day struggle.
So first, what is it? Arthritis is an umbrella term for joint pain and joint disease and there are over 100 different varieties. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, but inflammatory varieties like Rheumatoid arthritis are also typical. Arthritis does not discriminate and it can impact men and women of all ages. However, risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with age. (1)
What are the symptoms?
People with arthritis suffer from swelling, pain, stiffness and limited range of motion in their arthritic joints. (1)
What causes it?
Osteoarthritis is usually a result of wear and tear, but can be exacerbated by an injury to the joints or infection. Rheumatoid arthritis is the result of an autoimmune issue that causes the body to attack the lining of the joints, causing inflammation. (2)
Can magnesium help?
According to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, patients who suffer from chronic joint pain often have insufficient magnesium levels. (3) Specifically, there has been research done to learn more about the relationship between the body’s magnesium levels and arthritis in the knee. Like calcium, magnesium plays a role in both and muscle health and the study identified that the higher your magnesium levels, the less likely it is that you will also have arthritis of the knee. (4)
In general, magnesium can be an excellent natural pain reliever and has been shown to reduce inflammation. Because of that, magnesium makes logical sense for those suffering from arthritis - because inflammation of the joints is connected to arthritis pain. (5)