Rheumatoid Arthritis

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive and chronic disease that attacks the connective tissues of the body. It often attacks the joints of the feet and hands and, over time, can cripple and deform them. In addition to the hands and feet, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the hips, shoulders, knees and wrists. It is caused by abnormal functioning of the immune system.

RA is an auto-immune disorder. In auto-immune disorders, the immune system attacks a part of the body as if it were a foreign invader, like a germ. Other auto-immune disorders include lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and diabetes, to name a few. Because RA starts as a disorder of the immune system, many people treat RA by treating the immune system directly.

RA and the Immune System

People with RA can benefit from boosting their immune systems. In addition to taking antioxidants, like vitamins A, C and E, folks with RA (as well as other chronic diseases) may wish to take denatured milk serum proteins that boost glutathione levels. Glutathione is a tripeptide (peptide made up of three parts) that exists naturally in the cells of the human body.

Sick people often have low glutathione levels. Raise the glutathione levels, and health improves. You can't raise glutathione levels by simply feeding the body more glutathone, though. Rather, the body can be fed supplements of cysteine, which is one of the amino acids that makes up glutathione. Many different protein supplements claim to be able to raise glutathione levels, so make sure you choose one that is undenatured, patented, clinically proven and highly respected.

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