7 Surprising Foods to Help Fight Arthritis Pain

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Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the joints which effects millions of people all over the world and can serious interfere with everyday activities that others take for granted – like walking, getting dressed and doing housework. The best treatment for arthritis is holistic, combining activity, heat therapy, medication and supplements and also a diet which supports joint health. Below are seven of the foods which can help fight arthritis pain and make this condition more manageable.

Bananas
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, folate and Vitamins C and B6, all of which are great nutrients to support joint health and help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. In addition to this, they are also a great source of dietary fiber, which is good for overall health.

Bell Peppers
Like bananas, bell peppers are also high in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which reduces the oxidative damage done to the body (including the joints!) by free radicals; it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which can help to naturally reduce arthritis pain.

Olive Oil
Olive oil – especially extra virgin olive oil – are a rich source of healthy fats and many of its active compounds act upon the body in much the same ways as many analgesics. It is also easy to add to any number of dishes.

Whole Grains
While refined white flour can actually increase inflammation in the body, whole grains can go a long way to reducing it, which helps to treat the root problem of conditions like arthritis. The great news is that whole grain products are easier to find than they used to be, thanks to consumer demand.

Mangoes
Mangoes are also great for treating arthritis, as they are a rich source of Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene, which again help to fight against free radical damages done to vulnerable areas like the joints.

Shrimp
Shrimp and other shellfish are natural anti-inflammatories and are also a great way to get your protein for the day; if sautéed in olive oil, this can be an even better dish for support joint health and it is a versatile food which can be added to soups, stir-fries, casseroles and other common dishes.

Apples
Apples also help to keep joints nourished and healthy through their rich content of vitamins and anti-oxidants. They also help to naturally reduce inflammation in the body and their high fiber content is great for overall digestive health.

So if you are looking for a holistic approach to arthritis management, consider dietary changes that will include any or all of the foods listed above. They can go a long way to managing your day-to-day condition and improving your quality of life.

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  • Laura Russell

    Very nice and informative article! The diet plays an important role in the treatment of arthritis. Though there is no scientific evidence still Mediterranean diet is said to be useful for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  • Laura Russell

    The Orthopedic Practice Long Island has been researching on the diet pattern of people suffering from arthritis and have found that there are a variety of food which helps in reducing arthritis pain. These foods include tart cherry juice, foods prepared by using plenty of turmeric and ginger. Wheat products should be avoided.