Whether it’s tenors, stooges, or musketeers, some things are simply best when they come in threes.
It can mean triple the harmony… triple the laughs… or triple the intrigue!
And when it comes to improving your health, sometimes you need to hit whatever ails you from a FEW different angles.
Take rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for example.
We know that the painful joint inflammation of RA happens when your immune system attacks your own tissues… and that a variety of individual natural supplements can ease the ouch by tamping down inflammation.
But according to a new study, a TRIO of these supplements combined is more powerful against RA than any one of them alone!
In the study, South Korean researchers induced RA in mice and then supplemented their diets with probiotics, zinc, and CoQ10.
As you know, probiotics are the “good” bacteria that help with everything from digestion to immunity… and the trace mineral zinc is essential for a strong immune system.
You may be less familiar with CoQ10, which is an antioxidant that generates energy in your cells and is vital for heart and brain health.
Each of these three supplements has been shown to improve RA on its own.
But in this latest study, it turned out that combining them was a TRIPLE whammy for RA symptoms.
The supplement triple play not only improved joint inflammation… but also decreased bone destruction AND cartilage damage!
And that may be because the trio reduced several hallmarks of RA in the mice’s blood, including the inflammatory markers interleukin (which plays a role in joint destruction) and vascular endothelial growth factor (a.k.a. VEGF, which is known to destroy bones).
The theory is that these three supplements work as a team to deliver a one-two-three punch to RA.
So, if you’re suffering the slings and arrows of RA, why not try this terrific threesome?
Probiotics occur naturally in fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut. If you don’t care for the tart taste, you can supplement with probiotics from a trusted maker. Look for a brand with multiple strains and colony-forming units (CFUs) in the billions.
As for zinc, you can boost your intake by eating foods like beef, oysters, crab, dark meat chicken, spinach, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Zinc deficiency is pretty common among folks over the age of 55, but you want to be careful if you’re supplementing zinc, since you can definitely get too much of a good thing.
Work with your doc on how to get the right amount for you.
And even though our bodies make CoQ10 naturally, our levels of it fall as we age. You can up your intake by eating red meat, oily fish like salmon and mackerel, walnuts, peanuts, spinach, and broccoli. It’s also widely available in supplement form.