Diet changes: Top 10 Foods that Control Arthritis Pains
Top 10 foods for arthritis pain control
Extra-virgin Olive oil
Olive oil contains an active ingredient known as the oleocanthal that blocks the function of the enzyme involved in the process of inflammation. It has been found that 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil has the same efficacy as one-tenth the dosage of ibuprofen.
Fatty fish like salmon are known to reduce inflammation and the pain that comes with it. They contain omega 3 fatty acids that are said to have a dual inhibition mechanism to control inflammation. They decrease the production of the chemicals that spread the inflammation, whilst also inhibiting the enzyme that triggers the production.
Vitamin C Rich Food
Vitamin C protects collagen that is a major component in the composition of the cartilage. As it is the cartilage that protects the bones and it’s degradation that causes arthritis, there is some merit to thinking that Vitamin C can help reduce the pain. However, it was also noticed that in the case of knee arthritis, high levels of vitamin C made the situation worse. It is best to moderate the intake and therefore the right person to ask is always your doctor.
Onion and Leeks
Onions and leeks are said to contain quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant that may have the potential to block inflammatory enzymes. It is believed to work just like aspirin and ibuprofen. If you aren’t a fan of onions, then you can try some of the other vegetables that are high in quercetin like cherry tomatoes and kale.
Vitamin D Rich Food
A large study conducted in over 29,000 women who had no arthritis in their history proved that those who consumed more Vitamin D were less likely to develop arthritis in the first place. And even if they did, the severity was not as bad as the rest. Vitamin D is known to reduce inflammation which along with its necessity for bone health, helps manage the pain.
BroccoliYou never question your mom, she is always right and she was right about broccoli too. This is another vegetable that is known to prevent arthritis.
Ginger plays a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant role. Both of which are highly beneficial in inhibiting and reducing arthritis pain.
In a cardiovascular study, it was found that the higher the anthocyanin content the lower the CRP levels, which is a marker of inflammation. Though this study was done for the heart and the cardiovascular system, it can also have some merit for arthritis patients. Anthocyanins certainly work well towards controlling inflammation.
This ingredient is very much similar to its sister family of beta-carotenes and that has the ability to prevent arthritis.
The antioxidants in green tea are believed to be a good mix in controlling the severity of arthritis pain. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is well known to reduce inflammation thereby reducing the damage to the joint and the pain that results because of it. A healthier life is a gift only you can give yourself. A better diet is the first step. Take it!
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