A new report shows that one-fifth of American adults almost 50 million people are diagnosed with arthritis and, of those, 20 million are physically limited by the condition. It is thought that the increased level of arthritis is associated with obesity. Data shows that one-third of obese people report arthritis. Arthritis is increasing rapidly in the U.S., and the number of adults with arthritis has increased by nearly one million per year and it is negatively affecting usual activities 21 million adults. It is projected that by 2030, 67 million Americans will be affected. Studies have suggested that excess weight may increase stress on joints and speed breakdown of cartilage causing arthritis. An extra 10 pounds of weight can be an extra force of 30-60 pounds on each knee. With so many people suffering, many try to manage symptoms on their own. More research on nutritional treatment has shown that The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports omega-3s play a role in reducing morning stiffness and decreasing tenderness in joints. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in a good krill oil. After receiving astaxanthin for only eight weeks, Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers showed a 35 percent improvement in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent improvement in their ability to perform daily activities. [Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21(5):Oct, 2002.] Both, astaxanthin and krill oil can be found in our Asta-Krill 8 product. In addition, B vitamins, especially B-6, B-12 and folic acid, help reduce blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is linked to overall inflammation in the body. Similarly, ginger contains volatile oils and phenol compounds that give support in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Eating ginger twice a day, for example in ginger tea, may help reduce joint pain. Garlic and turmeric, known as anti-inflammatory herbs, are both members of the ginger family and may decrease arthritis inflammation. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist