In arthritis, most clinics in Sweden use certain vitamins and mineral preparations in addition to the other dietetic measures.
Impaired adrenal function is one of the major characteristics of arthritis. It has been shown that prolonged deficiencies of vitamin C and two B vitamins, pantothenic acid and B2, can severely damage the adrenals and result in decreased cortisone production. Vitamin C increases the production and the utilization of cortisone.
Therefore, the majority of biologically oriented doctors advise heavy doses of vitamin C in treatment of arthritis. This should be a natural vitamin C, made from rose hips, acerola berries, green peppers, or other natural sources. Arthritis sufferers are advised to take up to 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C each day. Natural vitamin C, in addition to ascorbic acid, contains bioflavonoidscitrin, hesperidin, rutinwhich always accompany vitamin C in its natural state, and, when consumed together, make ascorbic acid biologically more effective and potent than a synthetic, pure ascorbic acid.
Another vitamin used in arthritis is vitamin B-12. internationaldrugmart.com Dr. Lars-Erik Essen of Vita Nova has used it with good results.
Vitamin E is also considered very useful in the treatment of arthritis. It is suggested by some researchers that the scar tissue, which forms around the joints in arthritis, could develop as a result of vitamin E deficiency. Reported recommended dosage is 300-6001.U. a day.2
Pantothenic acid is another vitamin which plays an important role in the development of arthritis. Studies have shown that people with arthritis have extremely low levels of many vitamins in their blood, particularly vitamin C and pantothenic acid. Dr. R. J. Williams has suggested that persons with arthritis may have unusually high requirements for pantothenic acid. It might be wise to supplement the diet of an arthritis sufferer with pantothenic acid. Doses of 100 to 500 milligrams a day have been reported during shorter periods of treatment, reduced later to 100 milligrams a day.