Foods That Help Minimize And Ease The Pain of Arthritis

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Foods That Help Minimize And Ease The Pain of Arthritis

Arthritis results in severe inflammation and pain joints, the pain makes those affected weak, uncomfortable, unable to drive or dress themselves, and at times, makes them unable to walk around or have a sound sleep. A healthy food habit goes a long way in reducing the pain arthritis causes, vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, whole grains, etc are quite helpful in battling the pain that results from arthritis. 


About 55 million Americans are affected by arthritis, this is according to a study conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout are the most common forms of arthritis, even though there are over 100 types of arthritis and closely related diseases. 
The treatment of arthritis is very costly, not everyone can afford its huge expenses, they cost and average of $1000 per and may sometimes cost up to $3000, however, two (2) out of every three (3) arthritis patients respond positively to prescriptive medications. 


The high cost of these drugs has led many to patronize over-the-counter medicines, these drugs however has its own side effects ranging from headaches, dizziness, and failure of the liver, hence, the most visible way to manage arthritis for low income earners would be via nutrition. The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine strongly recommended diet as a worthy therapy for arthritis. 


Before we identify the foods that helps to minimize and ease the pain arthritis causes, it would be of high importance to identify triggers foods, these are foods that further aggravates arthritis and causes unfavourable bodily reaction, such foods includes red meat, dairy products, wheat, corn, nightshade vegetables, etc.


1. Apples
Quercetin and rutin are both powerful bioflavonoids and are in high concentrations in apples, they function to increase blood circulation, inhibits the release of histamine, guards the body against inflammation, and promote cellular health of the body. They can also be found in orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, onions, greenpeper, capers, celery, and chamomile tea. 


2. Garlic
It is a member of the allium family and also includes onions and leeks, they contain a compound called diallyl disulfide, this helps with a number of diseases which includes arthritis. They inhibits cartilage damaging enzymes according to a rheumatologist by name Scott Zashin, the MD and clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.


3. EGGS
Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin, serotonin is the brain chemical that helps stabilizes mood and increases the human pain threshold, it also boosts the endorphin levels in the brain and body, eggs contain tryptophan and can significantly increase the levels of tryptophan in the blood when consumed. Other sources of tryptophan includes turkey, nuts, cheese, pineapples, and salmon.


4. Almonds 
Almonds are the foremost abundant source of vitamin E, it contains 7.3 milligrams (mg) per ounce. Vitamin E have been known to help stabilize the cell membranes and boosts the growth of cartilage, together with zinc. Other sources includes wheat germ, spinach, sweet potatoes, palm oil, avocado, butternut squash, sunflower seeds, etc. 


5. Tart cherries
People with arthritis have found some succour from products made from tart cherries, it contains similar ingredients with cherries which is anthocyanin, and it helps with joint symptoms. A research published in 2013 posited that persons who drank tart cherry juice had a sharp improvements in the pain and stiffness of OA.


References 


5 Foods That Help Reduce Arthritis Pain
https://www.powerofpositivity.com/reduce-arthritis-pain-foods
Arthritis Today Magazine: 6 Food Choices to Help Ease Arthritis Pain
http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/diet-foods-arthritis-pain
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