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Good Nutrition to Combat Arthritis

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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  1. dianabart
    dianabart
    Excellent post! I have been pain free for over a year.. since going Vegan. I say "Arthritis Be Gone!" Voted of course and shared! :)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Diana!
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  2. Charlotte
    #3 voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Charlotte!
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  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Voted. Good info.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Virtually Homemade!
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  4. Teresa
    Teresa
    Thanks for the info there Carolyn. I appreciate it. I do have arthritis in both, my knees. I will work on some of the items that has been written down. Again, thanks once again for the info. Voted.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Teresa! I appreciate the vote! Hope this helps your arthritis!
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  5. Teresa
    Teresa
    You're welcome for the vote. I too, hope, that it helps with my arthritis. I'm going to be going to the store and getting some of the ingredients that I had written down. Will keep you posted on it.
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  6. hermanbaddley
    #7 I have joint pain. :(
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the vote....Yes, I know about your knees.
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  7. Sheila Ray
    voted :)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila!
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  8. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    thank you carolyn... i have a terrible time in the heat of summer and brittle part of winter... this is really helpful, thank you! :) vote, check!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the comment and vote!
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  9. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Amen. Hands down. I agree with this. Voted
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