There can be a huge connection between arthritis and minerals in the body. With special regard to the following minerals;
- Magnesium and calcium
- Copper, iron and calcium.
But the value in understanding these relationships between each pair of minerals is critical.
Magnesium and calcium have a special relationship, they both have a direct effect on each other. When magnesium is low excessive quantities of calcium can build up in the tissue in and around the joints. These calcium deposits are what are commonly seen in Osteoarthritis. It is a good example of how arthritis and minerals can be closely related.
Furthermore low magnesium can also lead to excessive muscle tension, this can be more detrimental to the condition of the joint as well as adding unnecessary pain referral into joints as well.
Raising the magnesium levels will help to prevent these things from occurring, but magnesium needs vitamin B6 to be absorbed.
High or low copper
Copper is another example of the relationship between arthritis and minerals. But it can affect both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, depending on if it is too high or too low.
When copper levels are too high it can cause calcium accumulation around the joints adding to the aching and stiffness of osteoarthritis as seen above.
Copper and Iron also have an interesting relationship and directly affect each other. With low copper levels the tissue stores of iron can build up. The excess iron can become deposited in the joints which can contribute to Rheumatoid arthritis. Bacterial infection can contribute to this imbalance.
This explains why some arthritis sufferers benefit from wearing copper bracelets as the copper can be absorbed via the skin.
Low selenium can be found in people with Kashin-Beck disease. This is an osteo-arthritic condition that also has calcium deposits in the joints.