The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that about 55 million adult Americans suffer from one form or another of arthritis. There are more than 100 different forms of this disease, with the most common being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout.
Joint pain is a common symptom for any type of arthritis, and those who are affected by it will agree that the pain can be excruciating. Arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the intersecting bone, cartilage, and ligaments.
And as unthinkable as it may sound, probably the most feasible way to lessen arthritic pain is through food.
The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine states, “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated.”
But bear in mind to always avoid so-called “trigger foods” which can cause allergic reactions or inflammation. Some of the most common trigger foods include dairy, red meats, corn, wheat, beef, and nightshade vegetables.
With that out of the way, you can now turn to some of the foods that can actually help you with your arthritis.
Apples are rich in two potent bioflavonoids: quercetin and rutin, both of which release histamine, protect your body from inflammation, enhance circulation, and stimulate cellular health.
Other sources of quercetin and rutin are chamomile tea, capers, celery, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, green peppers, onions, and cranberries.
Almonds are packed with vitamin E (at about 7.3 milligrams per ounce) and vitamin E stabilizes cell membranes and stimulates the growth of cartilage.
Some additional foods that are rich in vitamin E are spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, palm oil, wheat germ, butternut squash, and sunflower seeds.
3. Cold Water Fish
The best marine omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Vegans and vegetarians can acquire omega-3s through flaxseed, chia seeds, soy, kale, and other plant-based sources.
The omega-3 fatty acids cold water wish is packed with helps a great deal against inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are also rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) a.k.a. marine fatty acids. EPA and DHA reduce inflammation in the body by impeding immune cells and enzymes involved in it.
Eggs are packed with proteins and can increase the levels of tryptophan in the blood, which is the essential component of serotonin – the chemical your brain uses to stabilize mood and reduce pain, or make you more tolerant of it thereof.
Tryptophan also promotes the increase of endorphin levels in both brain and body. Some of the foods that contain tryptophan include cheese, salmon, turkey, walnuts, seeds, tofu, and pineapples.
Lamb meat is a rich source of zinc, which is a mineral that facilitates many functions in the body. According to the Arthritis Association, “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.”
Some other meats that are rich in zinc include red meat, poultry, and seafood. Additional excellent non-meat sources of zinc are fortified cereals, bean, nuts, seeds (particularly pumpkin seeds), and whole grains.