Arthritis, in general, is a joint condition that involve pain and inflammation. There are many types of arthritis and there are over 100 types identified today. The types of arthritis range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system. Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States.
The type of arthritis also depends on its cause. Causes include injury, nutrition, metabolic abnormalities, hereditary factors, infections, and again, a deranged immune system.
Symptoms of arthritis include joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can also be present. Some types of arthritis may also involve other body parts, hence, fever, weight loss, fatigue, and feeling unwell may also be symptoms.
Treatment is generally aimed at pain management, hence, pain meds such as non-steroidal anti inflammatory pills are often prescribed. Although there is no diet cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones, and boost the immune system. Here are some types of food you should eat more:
Three to four ounces of fish, twice a week. Omega-3-fatty-acid-rich fish include salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring.
Soybeans or products of soybeans such as tofu and edamame are also high in Omega-3. Soybeans are also low in fat, high in protein and fiber.
Olive oil has heart-healthy fats, as well as oleocanthal, which has properties similar to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
Milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with calcium and vitamin D, both found to increase bone strength. If you’re lactose intolerant, aim for other calcium and vitamin D-rich foods like leafy green vegetables.
Nuts are rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, and alpha linolenic acid, as well as filling protein and fiber. They are heart-healthy and beneficial for weight loss too.
So now you see the link between nutrition and arthritis? Go now to your grocery store and fill your pantry with these healthy foods!