Arthritis pain affects over 50 million people here in the United States. No matter what age group or background there are factors that can cause arthritis. Many things such as obesity, lack of mobility, age, poor nutrition, and overuse of joints are some of the more common causes. Even some healthy athletes can suffer from arthritis. The synovial fluid in between joints acts as lubrication when moving. This is tantamount to oil inside of an engine. When the oil is low and the engine runs the lack of proper lubrication can put strain on the engine, causing wear and tear. When the synovial fluid in our joints becomes low or suffers some kind of impairment, pain can result when bone rubs against bone. Luckily there are several foods that we can consume to help relieve arthritis pain.
Carrots are not just good for your eyes, they are a really good food that can fight against arthritis. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and it helps by suppressing the cytokines that promote inflammation caused by arthritis.
There are 2 types of Omega-3 fatty acids in most fish, including salmon. Eating salmon is a delicious and healthy way to combat arthritis. Not only does it lower blood pressure, but much like carrots it lowers inflammation. For people who have fish allergies but want the benefits of Omega 3, they can try supplements and flax seeds.
I am very partial to ginger as it is among my top 5 favorite spices. It just so happens that it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that suppress the enzymes that cause arthritis. Ginger can also be used topically, using a warm ginger extract on the affected area can be very soothing and relieve pain.
4. Brown Rice
Eating whole grains like brown rice is great for weight loss and arthritis. Eating brown rice over white rice is not only ideal due to the anti-inflammatory properties, but the high fiber content in brown rice will make you feel fuller. This would cause you to eat less and lose weight which is a extra benefit, especially if the arthritis pain is in the knees or ankles.
5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which are essential for overall health. It also contains phytochemicals, in plant form it fights against pathogens. When consumed it helps to protect the cartilage in joints from arthritis. Try to get a chocolate bar which has a very high cocoa content, at least 70% or higher. 70% or higher cocoa content will have more phytochemicals. While the more common candy bars found in stores do not list the cocoa amount. Dark chocolate bars with high cocoa amounts can be found in organic food stores.
Vitamin E is great for arthritis and avocados are packed with it. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation which cause arthritis pain. Vitamin E can also act as an analgesic and it can help to promote the growth of cartilage cells.
Oregano is a fantastic spice that also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Just like ginger, oregano oil can be warmed and applied to the affected areas to relieve pain topically.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in cinnamon help against arthritis pain. Cinnamon can be added to tea, coffee, low-fat yogurt, or even as part of your favorite smoothie.
9. Orange Juice
The very high vitamin C content in orange juice helps to fight against the free radicals that can lead to arthritis pain. Vitamin C is a very important building block in the formation of cartilage. Also it has been found that people that have arthritis also have low vitamin C levels in their synovial fluid.
10. Peanut Butter
Vitamin B3 which is also known as niacinamide, is the notable factor in peanut butter that has anti-inflammatory properties. For people who have peanut allergies but want to benefit from B3, they can try legumes and nuts instead. Peanut butter is also high in vitamin E, which as mentioned above are noted for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
In conclusion I have listed some great super foods that can ward off and alleviate arthritis pain. Increasing healthy food with beneficial properties and reducing processed foods and salt is the optimal way to fight inflammation and arthritis.
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