Top 5 Foods That Fight Arthritis

Arthritis is a type of rheumatic disease described as inflammation and inadequacy of function in some of parts of our body. The most common form of arthritis, which according to CDC, affects more than 27 million people in America is Osteoarthritis. This kind of arthritis damages the cartilage, joints, and bones causing the person to experience pain and stiffness most notably in the knee, hip, and thumb joints.

Another type that also falls into the category of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis strikes the synovial lining of joints causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function in joints and other parts of the body. Doctors suggests a change in diet and lifestyle can help mitigate the recurring pain associated with this disease.

Omega-3 Fats

Eating a high amount of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnut, can reduce inflammation, which is a symptom associated with arthritis. The COX-2 enzymes, which are known to create inflammation, are active with higher intakes of Omega-6 fats which are found in foods such as meat, corn, snack foods, and sunflower oil. Focus on consuming Omega-3 fats for healthy joints and a healthy heart.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains anti-inflammatory properties associated with oleic acid which contains antioxidants – these are polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids. We’ve seen a myriad of patients have significant improvements from pain and stiffness caused by osteo and rheumatoid arthritis with the addition of these healthy oils into the diet.

Incorporate olive oil in your diet by using it as a main ingredient for your salad dressing rather than buying ready-made dressings in the grocery store.

Ginger

Ginger has been known to treat colds, nausea, migraines, and hypertension for over a thousand years. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components can reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C

Start consuming healthy foods rich in vitamin C such as mushrooms, bell peppers, oranges, mangos, lemons, limes, strawberries, pineapple, and kidney beans. In one study, higher intakes in vitamin C reduced the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 30 percent.

Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are the reddish pigments in fruits like raspberries, strawberries, grapes, cherries, blackberries, and eggplant. They are robust antioxidants that inhibits the production of certain inflammation causing chemicals in our body. They are also known to subdue free radicals that can aggravate body tissues creating inflammation.

Make sure to visit your doctor regularly and ask for advice on what’s good for your diet.

 

 

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