Arthritis Diet

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 million Americans are currently living with arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States; with the annual cost to the U.S. economy being estimated at more than $130 billion.

Arthritis is caused by different issues and the most common causes are genetics, advanced age, previous injuries, weight gain and high-level sports. Sometimes, certain illnesses and infections can also cause arthritic conditions. Changing the diet and maintaining a specific lifestyle has proven to change the course of Arthritis, stunting it from worsening further.

Inflammation is often seen in Arthritis and this is because the human body naturally reacts to injuries by inflaming the surrounding area by producing an overdose of cytokines. These secreted protein molecules act as the messenger between brain cells and body parts. Some food types aggravate cytokine production, resulting in an extra dose of it. Reducing inflammation caused during Arthritis helps to relieve joint pain and restricted movement, so it’s important to reduce the intake of cytokine-producing foods in your daily diet.

There are several fruits that fight inflammation. The more colors your diet includes, the better it is – fruits and vegetables that are highly colored have phytochemicals, which fight inflammation. Vitamin C also helps battle arthritis, so fruits like raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, mango, apples, kiwi fruit etc. should be a part of the diet for people with arthritis.

Choose vegetables that are high in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, kale, spinach, squash, and sweet potatoes.

Consume foods or use dietary supplements that are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These include certain types of fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and trout. Unfortunately much of the world’s fish supply is contaminated with high levels of mercury. It is recommended that you limit fish consumption 4-ounce portions, consumed 2-3 times per week.

If you can find fish that is free of mercury, you can incorporate it in your diet without reservations. Such fish oil supplements are also a great option. Searching online will give options you can turn to.

Nuts and seeds are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Choose unsalted nuts and seeds and avoid dry roasted altogether. Twelve almonds can provide you with the recommended daily allowance of Omega-3 EFAs. Brazil nuts and walnuts are good choices; as well as sunflower, linseeds and pumpkin seeds.

Include whole grains and lentils and avoid anything processed. Quinoa (keen-wah) is known as the Mother of all Grains and is an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids. Amaranth, lentils, chick peas (garbanzo beans), and brown rice are also good choices as part of your arthritis diet.

Gluten is an allergen to most people, although they are often not aware of this. Wheat, barley, rye and oats are glutenous and can aggravate arthritic inflammation. Wheat and corn are specially noted to worsen the condition in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Celiac patients.

There are several other food products that can cause arthritic inflammation and therefore, should be avoided. These include red meat, milk and other dairy products, sugar, artificial sweeteners, flour, honey, coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate, tobacco, white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and food additives such as MSG (monosodium glutamate).

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