Arthritis affects millions of people throughout the world, and for many years it has been claimed by sufferers that there are certain foods that can help to reduce the pain and inflammation that it causes. Research continues to find out which foods actually help, and how they work.
A spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says “mostly it’s just healthy eating, with a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds” … “it’s important to stay at a healthy weight to ease up some of the stress on the joints”.
It’s important to remember that there aren’t any magic foods, but there’s growing evidence to suggest that eating certain foods could reduce the paid caused by arthritis.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
Even as adults, no-one likes to be told that they need to eat more vegetables. However, these greens contain a compound called sulforaphane, which a 2013 study found to slow cartilage damage caused by osteoarthritis.
Salmon, tuna and other fatty fish
If you’re not a fan of fish, that’s not a problem because it’s their inflammation-fighting omega-3 that’s important here, and that can be taken as a supplement.
Garlic, onions and leeks are all part of the allium family and contain diallyl disulphide, which is a compound that may be able to limit cartilage-damaging enzymes.
Finally – something sweet! It’s thought that the same ingredient that gives these cherries their colour, anthocyanin, can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. There are plenty of recipes that include tart cherries, but they’re also widely available as a juice drink.
Although turmeric isn’t a food, rather a spice, it’s one of the most-researched inflammation fighters because it contains a compound called curcumin. However, a 2012 review in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences warned that there isn’t much data regarding its safety.
Strawberries, kiwis and pineapples all contain antioxidants that may slow the progression of osteoarthritis. A study conducted by the University of South Florida in 2011 found that people who took vitamin C supplements were 11% less likely to get knee OA.
At Snowdrop Independent Living we can supply a range of mobility equipment that is designed to help people who suffer from arthritis.
Visit one of our showrooms, or call us on 01437 768383 to speak to a member of our team who will be happy to advise you regarding what equipment will be best suited to your situation.