Arthritis is a condition which affects the joints of your body causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and joint deformity. There are some very good nutritional strategies that you can do to reduce inflammation.
Here are foods that are great for arthritis pain relief:
Increasing your intake of fish that contain higher amounts of the omega-3 family of fat can help people who have inflamed joints. Fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, and tuna have a higher concentration of the omega-3 fatty acids which can decrease the high level of inflammatory chemicals in your blood produced during the disease process.
Omega-3 fatty acids accomplish this task by dampening the influence upon the enzymes that actually produce these offensive chemicals. This is a great food to eat for arthritis pain relief. I recommend that you consume three to four servings of oily fish every week.
Garlic is very beneficial for your health and it’s especially good for arthritis pain relief because this is a food that can reduce inflammation. The sulfur-containing allicin compounds contained within garlic have been shown to decrease cartilage destruction and inflammation within the joints of people suffering from arthritis. In my opinion, eating one to two cloves of garlic per day will have many positive health effects.
This is another herb which can be eaten raw or cooked, and possesses medicinal properties. Ginger has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to decrease the pain and stiffness commonly associated with arthritis. That’s why you want to add ginger to your arthritis pain relief diet, especially since ginger root, when consumed daily, is known to reduce inflammation.
Ginger root can decrease the inflammatory chemicals that produce the swelling, pain, and redness of the joints. Consuming ginger is also much easier on your stomach compared to traditional drug therapies. I recommend eating four to six grams of fresh ginger on a daily basis to control your arthritis symptoms.
Curry powder contains an Indian spice known as turmeric which gives curry its yellow color. Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin which has been associated with several important medicinal properties. Here’s why you need to add curry to your arthritis pain relief diet: Curry is a food that can reduce inflammation. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and can decrease the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals.
Curcumin has been used for centuries to treat arthritis with excellent results, even compared to the traditional drug therapies. Recently, this spice compound has been shown to directly decrease the enzymes responsible for the production of inflammatory chemicals associated with arthritis.
I recommend trying to incorporate more curry spices into your food to increase your intake of this very important natural anti-inflammatory.
There are many ways you can get arthritis pain relief—and using foods that reduce inflammation is a great way to start. Incorporate these foods into your diet to prevent arthritis pain from developing—and live a healthier life.
Source(s) for Today’s Article:
Norling, L.V., et al., “The role of omega-3 derived resolvins in arthritis,” Curr Opin Pharmacol. February 21, 2013.
Williams, F.M., et al., “Dietary garlic and hip osteoarthritis: evidence of a protective effect and putative mechanism of action,” BMC Musculoskelet Disord. December 8, 2010; 11: 280.
Drozdov, V.N., et al., “Influence of a specific ginger combination on gastropathy conditions in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip,” J Altern Complement Med. June 2012; 18(6): 583-8.
Zhou, H., et al., “The targets of curcumin,” Curr Drug Targets. March 1, 2011; 12(3): 332-47.