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Arthritis and Potassium Deficiency

2nd June 2008 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Summary: In a randomized, parallel group study involving 32 hypokalemic patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), supplementation with 6000 mg/d potassium chloride dissolved in grape juice for a period of 28 days was found to significantly reduce pain, assessed via a visual analog scale.

After receiving supplementation with potassium, 43.75% of subjects met the criteria of 33% lower pain intensity, as compared to only 6.25% after ingestion of the placebo. Furthermore, while 31.25% achieved a ‘moderate response’ after supplementation with potassium, only 6.25% achieved this response after placebo.

The authors state, “The elevated serum cortisol and potassium values in the treatment group correlate negatively with patient’s assessment of pain intensity, reflecting an anti-pain effect for potassium supplementation.” The results of this study suggest that in hypokalemic patients with active RA, supplementation with potassium may be a safe and effective way of alleviating pain.

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9 Responses to “Arthritis and Potassium Deficiency”

  1. Emu Oil Says:

    Good studie results, will look into that one as well, my dad suffers from arthritis..

  2. women's lifestyle Says:

    Great post! I especially found it useful where you stated. Very interesting and informative!

  3. Cindy Says:

    This is great info. My son had a potassium deficiency.

    Here is some more info published in the Journal of Rheumatology concluded application of Cetylated Fatty Acid cream was an effective treatment for improving knee ROM (range of motion), ability to ascend/descend stairs, ability to raise from sitting, walk and sit down, and unilateral balance. (J Rheumatology 2004;31:767-74)[1]
    It is not about postassium deficiency, but it does help arthritus. It was proven 96% of a randomized double blind Phase III placebo study of 93 Osteo-Arthritis sufferers,age 39-77 after 60 days.

    How in the world do we get the word out??

  4. Tristen Says:

    Great post, now they are saying that in the United States, 46 million people are affected by arthritis.

  5. sugar_ray_detox78 Says:

    for arthritis. i makes sure that i take food supplements that support joint health like glucosamine and niacinamide. exercise also helps a lot.

  6. melatonineffects Says:

    food supplementation with glucosamine and chondroitin helps me a lot in managing arthritis. dont forget to have regular exercise too.

  7. arthritisremedy Says:

    glucosamine works well in the supportive treatment of arthritis. but dont forget to use other supplements that supports the join. in particular, chondroitin, niacinamide and vitamin-C

  8. acne therapy Says:

    my grandmother also suffers from arthritis. she just takes glucosamine, chondroitin and lots of vitamin-c as supplemental therapy for arthritis.

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