Arthritis

Targeted Medical Nutrition

Pharmacy located in Beverly Crest, Los Angeles, CA

Over 54 million American adults live with arthritis, making it one of the most common causes of joint pain. Many people rely on anti-inflammatory medication, but did you know you can reduce inflammation and pain with your diet? Targeted Medical Nutrition, based in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, California, has spent over 15 years developing and distributing medical foods designed to manage the distinct nutritional requirements of pain and help people like you lead active pain-free lives. Contact Targeted Medical today to learn more about how medical foods can help support your joint health and stability.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a collection of diseases that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. The degenerative type of the disease — osteoarthritis — is the most prevalent form of arthritis. It develops as the cartilage that cushions your joints wears away and leaves your bones unprotected. You can develop osteoarthritis in any joint of your body.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another common type of arthritis. It’s an autoimmune condition that causes irritation and inflammation in the synovial lining of your joints. It usually affects more than one small joint, like the joints in your hands or feet, and the same joints on both sides of your body are typically affected. 

Other common types of arthritis include gout, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. 

How does nutrition affect arthritis?

Certain foods can trigger or reduce inflammation in your body. Other foods can help strengthen your bones and support a healthy immune system. Some of the best foods to reduce inflammation include fish, cherries, broccoli, soybeans, and garlic.

These foods have a variety of compounds, vitamins, and minerals that reduce inflammation and promote tissue health. For example, anthocyanins in cherries and other red and purple fruits have an anti-inflammatory effect. Dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D, which improve your bone strength. Broccoli has vitamins C and K as well as sulforaphane, which can slow the progression of arthritis. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, including polyphenols and epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which reduce inflammation and cartilage breakdown. Garlic has a compound called diallyl disulphine that reduces cartilage-damaging enzymes in your body.

How do medical foods fit into arthritis treatment?

Targeted Medical Pharma makes Theramine®, Trepadone®, and Percura® — medical foods that many physicians use as to help patients reduce and replace nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and narcotics. Prolonged use of NSAIDs and other pain-relieving medications can lead to a variety of health problems, including liver and kidney damage, stomach ulceration, and addiction. The technology in products like Theramine and Trepadone promote cellular uptake of specific amino acids and nutrients into the cells, helping to create the neurotransmitters that drive nervous system function and fight inflammation.  

If you’re interested in medical foods and how they can help reduce arthritis pain, call Targeted Medical Nutrition to learn more about Theramine and other products.