Arthritis and its Symptoms
Arthritis is a debilitating condition that negatively affects many individuals around the world. There are different types of arthritis and related conditions associated with it. More commonly occurring as people get older, common arthritis joint symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Arthritis can even cause chronic pain and changes in the joints. Fortunately, there are foods we can add to our diet that can help to reduce inflammation, pain and prevent arthritis symptoms. Let us discuss some foods that can help to fight against arthritis. These foods cure symptoms associated with this condition and keep you healthy.
A very healthy and popular spice, has beneficial phyto nutrients that have powerful health benefits. Due to the anti-inflammatory effects, ginger can provide, it can be quite helpful as an arthritis treatment. Ginger specifically contains chemicals that provide excellent anti-inflammatory benefits. That makes it helpful for those suffering from arthritis pain. Another great spice for arthritis is turmeric, again due to its anti-inflammatory effects and powerful phytonutrients.
Cherries can also be helpful in treating arthritis and its symptoms. This is because cherries are a great source of anthocyanins. These are powerful antioxidants that work to help reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals. Especially helpful for those individuals with arthritis, they promote the health of connective tissue of joints. It helps to eliminate free radicals through out the entire body that irritate body tissue and cause inflammation. If you are not a fan of cherries, you can also get these compounds from blueberries and blackberries.
Grapefruit and oranges
Grapefruit and Oranges can also be great to fight against arthritis and treat the symptoms associated with it. This is because they are great sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the health of collagen, a major component of our cartilage. Healthy collagen levels can help to improve the health and quality of our joints and tissues. As well, research has indicated that individuals who have low levels of vitamin C may be at greater risk for developing one of the types of arthritis.
Green tea can also be very helpful. This is because this popular tea contain a natural antioxidant known as EGCG in its abbreviated form. There are studies that suggest that EGCG works to reduce and stop the production of unwanted inflammatory chemicals in the body, even those that are involved in arthritis. As well, there is some research that suggests EGCG and other catechins in green tea can even prevent cartilage from breaking down and help to preserve our joints.
Olive oil can also help in the prevention and treatment of arthritis. As we have mentioned in other videos, olive oil is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats. In addition to these healthy fats, it also contains a natural compound known as oleocanthal, which may work to help prevent arthritis related inflammation in the body. When choosing olive oil, try to choose extra virgin olive oil, as this type has the highest amount of antioxidants which can also help to reduce inflammation and the more oleocanthal there is likely to be.
Lastly, foods such as salmon can also be beneficial for arthritis. This is because salmon contains high amounts of healthy omega-3 fats. Omega-3s work to decrease inflammation in the body by working to suppress the production of enzymes that erode and damage cartilage. There are studies that also show that omega-3 fish oil can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, specifically reducing symptoms of joint stiffness and swelling, pain and fatigue. If you don’t eat salmon or do not enjoy its taste, you could also consume flaxseeds, chia seeds or walnuts for their omega-3 fats.
In addition to adding these foods to your diet, you should also consult your medical practitioner for further treatment if you are experiencing any arthritis related symptoms.
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