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February 20, 2010 at 9:20 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Arthritis Fighting Foods

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The practice of eating certain foods to relieve arthritis symptoms isn't a new one. People have done it for thousands of years! Now, science and the medical community is beginning to back up ancient knowledge.

Remember the following dietary advice for arthritis, and you'll be well on your way to naturally healthier you!

Arthritis Fighting Nutrients

  • Beta-Cryptoxanthin Foods: These foods contain anti-inflammatory properties. They include apricots, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, peppers, persimmons, plums, pumpkin, tangerines, and watermelon.
  • Antioxidant Foods: These foods help to protect our body from free radicals, and prevent arthritis. Foods that are antioxidant-rich include apples, apricots, asparagus, avocadoes, beans, berries, broccoli, brown rice, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, citrus fruits, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, mangoes, oatmeal, olive oil, oranges, papaya, peaches, peppers, soybeans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, walnuts, and whole grains.
  • Resveratrol Foods: These foods contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Foods in this group include bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, mulberries, and peanuts.
  • Vitamin D: If vitamin D is taken as recommended, risk for arthritis will be reduced.
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Enjoy the anti-inflammatory effects of these supplements.
  • Flavanoids: This compound gives fruits and vegetables their color and is believed to prevent diseases and slows the aging process. Foods in this group include apples, grapes, green tea, onions, and soy.
  • Complex Carbohydrates: Avoid complex carbohydrates. Eat beans, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.

Arthritis Fighting Spices

  • Curry: Curry is a spice that is often combined with cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and turmeric. This powerful combination helps relieves pain and inflammation.
  • Chili Peppers: These peppers help prevent pain and assist to transmit pain signals.
  • Ginger: Anti-inflammatory benefits are the promise of ginger. It may be taken as a supplement or in diced or powdered form.
  • Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur, which is believed to help allay arthritic aches and pains.

Arthritis Fighting Fruits

  • Papaya: Papaya contains more than half the recommended daily dose of beta-carotene and more than three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
  • Oranges: Oranges, an anti-inflammatory food, actually help to control pain.
  • Mango: Mangos provide three antioxidants - that's more than 90% of the recommended daily allowance. They also contain 75% of our recommended daily allowance of beta-carotene and vitamin E.
  • Grapes: Grapes are a great source of boron!
  • Cantaloupe: Vitamin C and beta-carotene are found in cantaloupe. This culmination helps manage the free-radical damage and oxidation that is thought to trigger arthritic flares.
  • Apples: Because apples contain boron, arthritis pains can be prevented or relieved.

Arthritis Fighting Beverages

  • Water: Eight glasses of water a day can effectively keep arthritic pains at bay. Sufficient water will help keep your body healthy and properly moisturized.
  • Green Tea: Green tea contains compounds that allay inflammation and prevent osteoarthritis.

Arthritis Fighting Proteins

  • Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids are found in anchovies, bass, mackerel, salmon, sardines, sablefish, trout, and tuna. Other sources include dark green vegetables, flaxseed, soybeans, and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Nuts: Almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts are great sources of boron. Boron is a mineral to keep bones healthy. Boron also fights arthritic pains.

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