The more we know about the body and how it works, the more we realize that not all old wives’ tales were wrong. Maybe the lore behind eating certain foods was inaccurate, but the biochemicals in the food did help. You can improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and more by changing your diet. One amazing discovery is the ability to combat arthritis pain by including certain types of food.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish like tuna can bring relief.
Whether you choose tuna, sardines, or mackerel, you’ll get a dose of omega-3 fatty acids when you eat it. You need omega-6, omega-9, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, but the average American diet contains far too much omega-6. Too little omega-3 leads to increased inflammation. Adding more can decrease it. Inflammation aggravates arthritis and can cause pain. Flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds are also beneficial.
Fruits and vegetables, especially berries, can help fight the inflammation.
Not all fruits and vegetables are alike when it comes to fighting inflammation. Cauliflower, mushrooms, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are especially good. So are berries, apples, and pomegranates. Berries, like blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries all contain antioxidants that help prevent arthritis pain. The tannins in pomegranates curb the inflammation from arthritis.
Add spices to your dishes to decrease your pain as you add more flavor.
People used many herbs as remedies for thousands of years. Now, scientists know they contain chemicals that can help prevent inflammation and pain. Ginger is well known for its ability to calm an upset stomach, but it also has other health benefits, such as reducing arthritis pain. It’s the gingerol that provides both the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Curcumin in turmeric provides health benefits. It also acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Use it with black pepper to boost the benefits.
- You probably never thought endless salsa and chips at your favorite establishment could help with arthritis pain, but it does. At least the salsa does. Tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers can increase antioxidants to help relieve pain.
- Dark chocolate can relieve pain if it’s at least 70% to 85% cocoa solids. That leaves the rest to come from other ingredients like sugar or vanilla. Watch out for high sugar content. Sugar increases inflammation and pain.
- Skip the highly processed white bread and opt for more whole grains. You can even include quinoa or bulgar in your diet. The extra nutrients and fiber keep you healthier and can help with arthritis pain.
- Including more nuts in your diet can help protect you from pain. Nuts are a good source of protein, but unlike meat protein, they won’t create inflammation. The omega-3 in some nuts, like walnuts, provides additional benefits.
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