arthritis-superfoods

They say that you can’t avoid the ailments that come with old age, one of which is Arthritis. But we would like to think otherwise. With the proper diet and lifestyle and the right mindset, anyone can get around to aging without a compromise to your health.

Inflammation is a natural immune response to help our bodies heal. But when it becomes unmanageable, like an arthritis pain, it can be excruciating to a person’s physical and mental condition. Regardless of the form of arthritis pain—rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia—you can beat arthritis pain with these super foods:

1. Bananas

Probably available all year-round, among all other fruits, bananas are packed not only with potassium, but also with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and folate that fights off arthritis.

 2. Fatty Fish

Omega-3 fatty acid is essential to help reduce inflammation. You can find this in salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. Eat it baked or boiled to cut back your risk of heart disease by 23% (University of Hawaii Study, 2009). If you are not fond of eating fish, you can opt for fish-oil supplements

3. Dark Leafy Greens

These vegetables are a great source of Vitamin E which helps the body to fight off cytokines (pro-inflammatory molecules). Some of the popular dark greens are spinach, kale and broccoli. Dark greens have higher concentrations of calcium, iron, and phytochemicals so it is better to consume more of this if you are prone to arthritis pain.

4. Cheese

Known to be an excellent source of calcium, cheese helps strengthen the bones and it also provides protein for muscles and joint tissues. Like bananas, it is also rich in Vitamin B6 and folate. You can also very easily add this to spruce your meals or plainly snack on it as well.

 5. Green Tea

Green tea is filled with antioxidants called polyphenols that counters a lot of ailments from cancer to heart conditions. With recent studies, green tea was also discovered to have properties that prevent or ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Tomatoes

Lycopene, which is known to reduce inflammation throughout the body, is rich in tomatoes. Consume it raw, in sauces or as a juice, tomatoes can surely help you dodge aching inflamed joints.

7. Ginger and Turmeric

Famous spices that are commonly found in Asian and Indian dishes are also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. The component in Turmeric that gives its yellow color helps turn off the protein (NF kappa-B) that triggers the process of inflammation according to researchers. Ginger, on the other hand, also reduces intestinal inflammations.

8. Olive Oil

Plant-based fats like olive oil reduce inflammation according to Dr. Zashin, author of Natural Arthritis Treatment. The oleocanthal in olive oil has shown similar effects as in NSAID painkillers in the body. This is why Mediterranean diets are famous for its health advantages because of the generous amount of olive oil used in them.

9. Berries

The anthocyanin in berries, the element that provides its rich color also aids in preventing inflammation in the body. According to studies, red raspberry extract prevented animals from developing arthritis, blueberries is helpful against inflammation in the intestines, while women who consume more strawberries have lesser CRP levels in their blood.

10. Whole grains and nuts

Because of the fiber that is rich in whole grains, it can help reduce the C-reactive protein levels in the blood which is an indicator of inflammation. Make sure you are consuming real whole grains with no added sugar, though. Nuts, however, are packed with antioxidants that help the body repair the damages caused by inflammation.

So beat that arthritis pain before it happens, make sure you add these 10 super foods to your diet now.

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Written by Winifredo Tiangco, MD

Winifredo Tiangco, MD

Dr. Winifredo S. Tiangco is a renaissance man in the medical profession as a specialist in a variety of fields including ENT, Facial Plastic Surgery, Stem Cell Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture. Regenestem Manila banks on his 15 outstanding years as a physician, surgeon, and consultant in some of the most respected hospitals and medical agencies here and abroad.

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