If you’re suffering from arthritis you might have tried several ways to relieve the joint pain and/or stiffness; from heating pads, medicine, surgery, or even acupuncture. Something you might not have tried though is food. It may be hard to believe but certain foods are chock-full of nutrients that can help make your bones become stronger, boost your immune system, and lower inflammation. Just remember to eat in moderation!
Foods that help relieve the symptoms that come with rheumatoid arthritis, which happens when your immune system attacks your body’s tissues and painfully affects your joints. The following foods contain omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, fiber, folic acid, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium; all of which help fight inflammation, lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood, and boost your immune systems.
- Brown Rice
- Whole-Grain Cereals
- Red Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Pinto Beans
Osteoarthritis or OA is the most common chronic condition that affects your joints. OA is known to degenerate cartilage which in its later stages can cause joint damage and for your bones to rub against each other painfully. The foods listed have nutrients and vitamins such as vitamins K, C, E, calcium, allium, magnesium, zinc, fiber, sulforaphane, and alpha linolenic acid. These nutrients can help slow or even prevent your osteoarthritis, boost your immune system or strengthen your bones.
- Pine Nuts
Now the following foods help relieve symptoms typically associated with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. These foods have a combination of the nutrients previously listed as well polyphenols, and oleocanthal, which help lower inflammation.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Walnut Oils
- Green Tea
Gout, another form of arthritis. is actually one of the most painful types. If there’s too much uric acid building in your body, then you might suffer from gout. Anthocyanins (shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect) can be found in this next list of foods.
If you find that your arthritis is getting worse, a NJ pain management specialist can help you determine what steps to take to help relieve you of your pain and discomfort. Contact an orthopedic specialist today to request an appointment at the Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute.