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12 Foods For Arthritis: Eat These To Ease Pain!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Arthritis is the painful inflammation of the joints. While many people are genetically predisposed towards arthritis, there are many lifestyles and environmental factors that contribute to falling prey to this disease. One of the best things one can do to help ease the pain, foods for arthritis play a significant role. Here is a list you could look into for options.

1. Turmeric

Adding turmeric to your diet will boost the health of your joints. It is one of the best things to fight inflammation in the body. It is antiseptic and antibiotic.

Foods For Arthritis

2. Citrus Fruits

Vitamin C is helpful in easing the pain of arthritis. Citrus fruits are rich in antioxidants that also help combat the disease. Strawberries, oranges, sweet lime, pineapple, and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin C.

3. Soy

Tofu, soy milk, and soy products are a great way to fight arthritic pain. Soy fights inflammation and increases immunity.

4. Right Oils

Safflower and olive oils are another inflammation-busting food component. These provide the fats that are good for the heart and also have cholesterol-lowering benefits.

5. Cherries

The anthocyanins found in cherries help with reducing the inflammation of the joints. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are other great alternatives.

6. Dairy Products

Milk, yoghurt, and cottage cheese are rich in calcium and vitamin D, which enhance bone health. Vitamin D is essential, as it aids calcium absorption. Also, dairy products increase the immunity of the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in fish including salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. No wonder these fishes have been trusted by nutritionists and doctors to reduce inflammation and potentially aid in arthritis pain. I strongly recommend eating these fish in portions of 3 to 4 ounces two or more times a week which may protect the heart as well and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Also Read: Rheumatoid Arthritis: Breaking Down Research Findings and Available Management Options

7. Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Cabbage

These three are full of sulforaphane, a compound that delays the progression of arthritis. These vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Broccoli is particularly rich in calcium.

8. Green Tea

The inflammation-fighting properties of green tea are legendary.  It is rich in antioxidants and is known to reduce the speed of cartilage degeneration and joint damage. Having four cups of green tea has shown considerable improvement in pain management for arthritis patients.

9. Whole Grains

Oatmeal, brown rice, and other whole grains are excellent sources of inflammation-fighting foods. Not just arthritis, whole grains help deal with heart disease and diabetes as well.

Apples are a rich source of fibre and are strong in antioxidants that may aid in inflammation and reduce arthritis pain. Pomegranates, that are categorised as berry fruits, are full of tannins that may help to reduce arthritis-related inflammation. For some extra advantages, mix them into plain yoghurt or add them to a salad.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

10. Beans

Kidney beans, French beans, and pinto beans are good for dealing with the pain of arthritis. They add fibre, protein, folic acid, magnesium, and other essential minerals that help improve immunity and combat joint diseases.

11. Garlic

The humble garlic has a component, diallyl disulfide, that helps combat cartilage damage.

12. Nuts

Apart from being a healthy snack option, nuts are rich in protein, calcium, fibre, and good fatty acids. They aid weight loss, an essential prerequisite to fighting the pain of arthritis. Pine nuts, pistachios, almonds, and walnuts are the best options.

Eating healthy by including lots of raw fruits and veggies and an ample amount of nuts in the diet will produce positive results. Not only they fight inflammation but also control weight gain which is so crucial in arthritis.

Also Read: Fast and Effective Ways to Reduce Inflammation in the Body

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