Dr. Navi Badesha, N.D.
Naturopathic Physician


A. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids: 1-3 grams daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in some studies to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. When the diet contains plenty of these essential fats, the cells make less of the pro-inflammatory substances and more of the anti-inflammatory substances.

By reducing inflammation, omega-3 fats help prevent the damage to the cartilage and connective tissue that usually occurs in osteoarthritis.

B. Water

1litre/50lbs of body weight daily. Requirements increase with increasing physical activity.

C. Glucosamine Sulphate: 1.5g daily.

Occurring naturally in the body, this aminosaccharide is used to form specialized molecules called glycosaminoglycans, a component of proteoglycan, and an important constituent of the extracellular matrix of articular cartilage.

D. Chondroitin Sulphate: 1.2 grams daily.

Chondroitin sulfate is a major constituent of cartilage providing structure, holding water and nutrients, and allowing other molecules to move through cartilage—an important property, as there is no blood supply to cartilage. Chondroitin may work by acting as a building block for proteoglycan molecules, and may also have anti-inflammatory properties.

E. Vitamin C: 3g daily.

The vitamin's antioxidant activity may keep free radicals from damaging cartilage. Plus, vitamin C plays an essential role in the formation of collagen, a key component of cartilage and bone.

F. Vitamin E: 400 IU daily with meals.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may help with combating free radical induced damage. It also helps reduce pain and has anti-inflammatory properties.

G. Zinc: 30 mg daily

H. Selenium: 250 micrograms daily

I. MSM: 1-5 grams daily

J. Ayurvedic herbs: Extracts of ayurvedic herbs such as picrorhiza kurroa, boswellia serrata and tumeric have traditionally been used in part for the demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.

K. Combination Supplements

Combinations of all the aforementioned supplements, are readily available. These combinations are usually cheaper than the individual medications and certainly easier to take. Use caution when taking these medications, and check with your doctor before starting these drugs.

L. B-100 complex: 1 capsule daily.

Several B-vitamins (especially B3) have been shown to be helpful with protecting joints as well as reducing joint inflammation and pain.

M. Calcium/Magnesium: 1200/600 mg daily.

N. Basic high potency multivitamin

O. Vitamin D: 1-3000 IU daily.

Helps calcium to protect bones and joints.

P. Boron:

Boron is needed in the body for the production of many substances, including hormones and vitamin D, both of which are very important for healthy bones and joints.


A. Increase fruits and vegetables, especially your “greens” ie. Broccoli, Kale, Romaine lettuce, Bok choy, Zucchini, Collard greens, Brussel Sprouts, Turnip greens, Spinach, Asparagus, Celery, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Artichoke, Okra, Kiwi, Honeydew Melon, Lime, Green bell pepper. These foods are high in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium.

B. Improve pH balance of blood by eating more alkaline foods. An imbalanced diet high in acidic foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods tends to disrupt this balance. It can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making people prone to chronic and degenerative disease.

    Tips on alkalinizing your diet

      1. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit

      2. Squeeze lemon or lime into water as a beverage

      3. Try to eat 1 cup of alkalinizing greens daily, such as kale, mustard greens, or broccoli

      4. Eat millet or quinoa as an alternative to wheat

      5. Choose fish and lamb over beef

      6. Use olive oil instead of vegetable oils

      7. Try a greens powder

C. Avoid dairy products and red meat because they are high in bad fats which increase inflammation

D. Include health promoting fats in diet. Choose following fat containing foods:

Avocados, cold-water fish (cod, salmon, tuna), flaxseed oil, nuts (non-hydrogenated), nut butters, olive oil(cold pressed), safflower oil (cold pressed), soybean oil (cold pressed), sesame oil (cold pressed), seeds(pumpkin, flax, sunflower). These fats are a good source of Vitamin E and Essential fatty acids.

E. Avoid bad fats including the following foods:

Cakes cookies, doughnuts, potato chips, other snack foods, deep fried foods, lard, margarine, palm and palm kernel oil, cheese, red meat, shortening, poultry skin, trans fats such as partially hydrogenated oils

F. Use olive oil or canola oil for cooking

G. Increase protein intake to a minimum1.0g/kg/day

H. Increase foods high in B vitamins.

Foods enriched in vitamin B-3 (niacin) include lean meats and fish, tofu, cottage cheese and sunflower seeds; vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) is found in meat, eggs, soybeans, wheat germ, whole grain cereals, lentils and peanuts contain; and vitamin B-6 is found in meat, fish, whole grains, wheat germ, whole wheat, bananas and soybeans.

I. Eat ginger

Some patients with osteoarthritis report that using ginger regularly helps reduce the pain and swelling in their joints. Ginger contains active components that stop the body from producing inflammatory substances that add to inflammation in the joints.


A. Vitamin A and Retinoids:

People who take very high doses of vitamin A for a very long time tend to wind up with joint pain and damage that looks a lot like osteoarthritis. These high doses could not be obtained from diet alone and are also much higher than doses that appear even in multivitamins.

This means that only people who are taking extra vitamin A as a supplement are at risk. Also, certain medications typically used for skin conditions are made from vitamin A-like chemicals called retinoids. Retinoids may also cause joint damage. If you are taking medications like these, you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of joint problems with long-term use.

B. Iron:

Iron supplements should be avoided by persons at risk for osteoarthritis, even iron-containing multivitamins, unless a doctor has specifically recommended iron supplementation.