There is no diet cure for arthritis yet, but certain foods have anti-inflammatory, bone-building and immune system-boosting properties.
We have compiled a list of ten foods that you can add to your diet to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Read on to find out how.
Due to their inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, fish are the ideal food to cope with rheumatoid arthritis. Experts recommend at least 75-100g of fish, twice a week. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are all rich in omega-3.
If you’re not a fan of fish, there is no need to worry. Soybeans (tofu or edamame) are a great, healthy alternative and packed with omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, they are low in fat, high in protein and fibre.
Incorporate more healthy oils into your diet. Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with heart-healthy fats and oleocanthal (which has similar properties to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs). Other suitable oils include avocado and safflower oil with cholesterol-lowering properties and walnut oil which has 10 times more omega-3s than olive oil. Oils are to relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Research has shown that cherries can help reduce the frequency of gout attacks. Additionally, the anthocyanins found in cherries have anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins can also be found in other red and purple fruit including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Low-fat dairy products, like milk, yoghurt and cheese are loaded with calcium and vitamin D. Studies have shown that these products can increase bone strength. Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium and a proven immune system booster. If you follow a plant-based diet, or want to avoid dairy products for other reasons, you should aim for calcium and vitamin D-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables. These foods are great to provide relief of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Broccoli is a delicious vegetable and rich in vitamins K and C, as well as a compound called sulforaphane, which could help prevent or slow the progression of osteoarthritis according to researchers. Since it is also rich in calcium, broccoli is known to increase bone strength.
Green tea is great for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as it is packed with polyphenols and antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. Other studies have also shown that another antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) stops the production of molecules associated with joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and limes are rich in vitamin C. According to research, you can prevent inflammatory arthritis and maintain healthy joints if you consume the right amount of vitamin aids.
Whole grains can lower levels of C-reactive protein in the blood. CRP is a marker of inflammation associated with heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Excellent sources of whole grains include oatmeal, brown rice and whole-grain cereals.
Beans are very healthy and packed with fibre, a nutrient that helps lower C-reactive protein in the blood. Furthermore, they are an excellent and inexpensive source of protein, which is important to maintain and build muscle. Some beans are also rich in folic acid, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium, which are all known for their heart and immune system benefits. Red beans, kidney beans and pinto beans are all great for rheumatoid arthritis.
We recommend complementing your diet with regular use of Soodox™ Pain Relief Cream for improved pain relief.
Our creams contain 100% naturally derived active ingredients and provide temporary relief of mild conditions associated with arthritis, muscular pain and joint pain.
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Always read the label and follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.