Individuals who suffer from arthritis can gain some relief by having a well-balanced diet. Although there is no food that can cure arthritis, some dietary modifications such as those listed below can lessen joint pain and improve a sufferer’s quality of life.
A balanced diet rich in foods as described in “The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating” and low in total fats should become a part of an arthritic patient’s daily life. Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables; wholemeal breads and cereals, tea; dark chocolate and some herbs are all rich in
Anti-Oxidants which can help prevent inflammation.
Having too much weight can put excess pressure on hip, ankle and knee joints. A healthy eating lifestyle combined with low resistance exercise; such as swimming, walking and stationary cycling can assist a patient in getting to a healthy weight range.
Omega 3 Fats
Commonly found in oily fish, (EPA & DHA) and in canola oil, green leafy vegetables and flaxseed (ALA); studies have found that a high intake of omega-3 fats can have a calming effect on arthritis, specifically rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 fats also have the added benefit of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The easiest way to obtain omega-3 is by eating at least 3 fish meals a week or through a high-strength, pure fish oil supplement.
Cider vinegar; Nightshade vegetables: potatoes, capsicum, eggplant and tomatoes and Acid producing foods: oranges, lemons and tomatoes have not been scientifically proven to worse arthritis symptoms and should therefore not be avoided.
Glucosamine helps to regenerate cartilage and lubricate joints. It is extracted from the shells of prawns and shellfish and according to Arthritis Australia can be beneficial for sufferers.
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1. Arthritis Australia. Joint Action – Take Control, Food and Arthritus