Inflammation is one of the common triggers resulting from unhealthy diets. The consumption of healthy alternatives can not only ease your pain but also enable an individual diagnosed with arthritis to avoid unnecessary pain. While there is no arthritis-specific diet, the following foods are good for your overall health:
Green tea: Research has shown that the presence of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea, which is absent in the regular black tea, acts an anti-inflammatory that not only aids in stopping inflammation in the body but also prevents the breaking down of cartilage in order to help in the preservation of the joints for a longer run. Shifting to green tea consumption over other beverages can aid in effective pain management.
Ginger and Turmeric: These spices are not some repeated mythical combination suggested as pain relievers since the beginning of time but have been scientifically proven to contain phytonutrients, which act as a natural remedy against inflammation. Add a dash of turmeric to your curries or grated ginger to be used in teas, muffins, food etc. Getting creative with these two ingredients is not only easy but also very beneficial for a healthy diet.
Vitamin C: While the low content of vitamin C in an individual’s body is considered as a factor for the cause of arthritis, the consumption of vitamin C foods can help in preserving the joint cartilage as it is one of the main nutrients that contribute to the health of collagen. Some of the vitamin C rich foods include bell peppers, guava, strawberries, grapefruits, oranges, broccoli, kiwi, pineapple, cauliflower, etc. These foods can easily become a part of an individual’s everyday diet. However, high consumption can be risky for those with osteoarthritis and take in a diet consult will aid in deciding the right amount of consumption.
Omega 3 fats: These omega 3 fat-rich foods work towards decreasing the inflammation that is easily triggered by other common foods by suppressing the production of cartilage eroding enzymes. Foods such as salmon, herring, anchovies, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, etc, aid in reducing swelling, stiffness, and overall pain.