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Good Eats – Bad Eats for Arthritis

In the last blog, we covered high points about Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, how medicos treat it and how they seldom if ever mention food that should be eaten and avoided; foods that exacerbate the symptoms, and foods that may calm it or even cure it. So here we will go over only some of the basics of the good and the bad.

Foods That Are Good for Arthritis

Fatty Fish: Fatty fish varieties such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory effects.

Garlic: Garlic is jam-packed with health benefits. Additionally, garlic has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect that may help decrease symptoms of arthritis. Some research has shown that garlic may enhance the function of certain immune cells to help strengthen the immune system.

Ginger: Besides adding a burst of flavor to teas, soups, and sweets, ginger may also help ease the symptoms of arthritis.  A 2001 study assessed the effects of ginger extract in 261 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. After six weeks, 63% of participants experienced improvements in knee pain.

Broccoli: It’s no secret that broccoli is one of the healthiest foods out there. It may even be associated with reduced inflammation.

Walnuts: Walnuts are nutrient-dense and loaded with compounds that may help reduce the inflammation associated with joint disease. Walnuts are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the symptoms of arthritis

Berries: Tons of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are crammed into each serving of berries, which may partially account for their unique ability to decrease inflammation.

Spinach: Leafy greens like spinach are full of nutrients, and some of their components may be able to help decrease inflammation caused by arthritis.

Grapes: Grapes are nutrient-dense, high in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Olive oil: Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, olive oil may have a favorable effect on arthritis symptoms.

Tart Cherry Juice: This potent juice offers a wide array of nutrients and health benefits and may even help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

Foods you Should Avoid:

Sugars: You should limit your sugar intake no matter what, especially if you have arthritis. Added sugars are found in candy, soda, ice cream, and numerous other foods, including less obvious items like barbecue sauce.

Processed and Red Meats: Causes inflammation and increases arthritis symptoms.

Processed Foods: Ultra-processed items like fast food, breakfast cereal, and baked goods are typically high in refined grains, added sugar, preservatives, and other potentially inflammatory ingredients, all of which may worsen arthritis symptoms.

Gluten: Gluten is a group of proteins in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Some research links it to increased inflammation and suggests that going gluten-free may ease arthritis symptoms

Alcohol: As alcohol may worsen arthritis symptoms, anyone with inflammatory arthritis should restrict or avoid it.

Certain vegetable oils: Diets high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats may worsen symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These fats are necessary for health. However, the imbalanced ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s in most Western diets may increase inflammation

Foods High in Salt:  Cutting back on salt may be a good choice for people with arthritis. Foods high in salt include shrimp, canned soup, pizza, certain cheeses, processed meats, and numerous other processed items.

The Answer is to Avoid the Bad- Eat Only the Good

These are only partial lists, so don’t rely on this as your only source of data regarding diet and Arthritis. There is plenty of good advice out there on Google and in your library. Avoid sugar and alcohol for sure. Read blogs on superfoods and the power of cruciferous green food. Blend your diet’s protein sources and you may never have to visit an MD again. And if you feel that you are not getting enough of any nutrient, great supplements abound. Check Custom Nutra’s catalog for the perfectly prepared and manufactured nutrient just right for your need.

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