Good nutrition can improve the way arthritis patients feel, but there are certain foods that arthritis patients should avoid. Arthritis is an inflammatory disease, therefore, anti-inflammatory foods are recommended. Patients should avoid simple refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and trans fats.
Antioxidants, such as bioflavenoids, carotenes, selenium and vitamin C are found to benefit arthritis patients. Antioxidants protect the joints from cell-damaging free radicals. Antioxidants are known to slow the progression of arthritis and relieve the symptoms. Consider oranges, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kidney beans, brussel sprouts, mustard greens, brazil nuts, wheat germ, whole grains, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, cherries, blueberries, winter squash, pumpkins and peppers are all good food sources for antioxidants.
Monounsaturated fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil is the right type of fat for arthritis patients. This should be a pantry staple for all arthritis sufferers. It is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. Extra-virgin olive oil is a great substitute for other fats when cooking.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained in walnuts and flaxseed for vegans. Participants in a study group reported less joint swelling, stiffness and pain when consuming omega-3 fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 are so potent that arthritis patients should make a conscious effort to consume these foods.
Spices such as ginger and turmeric have proven beneficial for arthritis patients. These spices are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. Be aware that ginger can also thin the blood so be aware if you taken blood thinners, otherwise consider adding ginger to muffins and tea. Turmeric is good in rice and many dishes from India.
Always consult a physician or nutritionist concerning diet for arthritis. Your doctor will be aware of the medicines you take and know what foods should not be combined with your medications.
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