Pain and inflammation of osteo-and Rheumatoid Arthritis affect more than 28 million Americans.
Science is discovering compounds in foods that help the body heal inflammation, ease aches and pains of arthritis. Here are a few of these:
Onions are loaded with flavonoids and phytochemicals, like quercetin, that help to ease arthritis pain and inflammation. Onions also contain cepaenes that deter proinflammatory messengers. Rich in Vitamin C, which help build cartilage to cushion joints.
Supplement equivalent Quercetin
Garlic contains Selenium and Sulfur compounds that suppress the enzymes that cause the inflammation. Garlic, especially fresh is also a good source of Vitamin C that beneficial to joint health. Supplement equivalent: Garlic capsules or aged garlic extract
Ginger contains gingerols, powerful anti-inflammatory. Best use is fresh ginger.
Supplement equivalent: Ginger capsules or liquid
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to treat inflammatory disorders, and now science is discovering the truth behind this wisdom. A study that tested an extract containing tree major curcuminoids in turmeric proved to be effective in inhibiting inflammation, in fact “completely inhibiting the onset of rheumatoid arthritis”.
Supplement equivalent: Curcumin
Cauliflower contains sulfur compounds and Vitamin C. Vitamin C rich foods offer strong protection against rheumatoid arthritis according to finding presented by Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. This study showed that those who consumed the lowest amounts of foods high in Vitamin C were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who consumed the highest amounts. Supplement equivalent: Multimineral formular
Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane is extremely beneficial in easing arthritis pain. Broccoli is also rich source of Vitamin C
Supplement equivalent: Sulforaphane (broccoli extract)
Cherries are rich in anthocyanin’s compounds that may inhibit inflammatory enzymes.. These anthocyanin’s, which give cherries their red color, rival the anti-inflammatory benefits of aspirin. According to researches at Michigan State University.
“Twenty cherries provide 25 mg of anthocyanin’s, which help to shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place, so cherries an prevent and treat many kinds of pain”,
says researcher Muraleedharan Nair.
Supplement equivalent: Tart cherry juice capsules or liquid
Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that help fight pain. As an added benefit, pineapple contains a lot of Vitamin C, which can help build cartilage.
Supplement equivalent: Bromelain capsules
Walnuts are a concentrated source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid, a protective fat tat body cannot produce on its own. In fact, 1/4 cup of walnuts provides 90% of daily value for these essential fats. Consuming at least 2.3 ounces of walnuts and flaxseeds daily reduces levels of C-reactive protein and other inflammatory markers.
Supplement equivalent: Omega-3 capsules or liquid or flaxseed liquid or capsules
One study demonstrated that a substance in olive oil called oleocanthal has anti-inflammatory potency similar to ibuprofen, so consuming olive oil on a regular basis may eliminate the need to relieve aches and pains with over-the-counter pain relievers. It also can decrease your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Supplement equivalent: Olive Oil capsules or Omega”3-6-9″ formula, liquid or capsules.
EPA and DHA in Salmon act as potent anti-inflammatory and help manage autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Numerous studies show fish oil has significant benefit in chronic inflammatory disease such as arthritis. A fat our bodies make from EPA called resolving is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects on joints.
Supplement equivalent: Salmon or Cod liver Oil in capsules or liquid.
The sulfur in cabbage can regenerate and rebuild cartilage cells as well as reduce inflammation and relieve the pain of arthritis. Additionally, the vitamin C in cabbage, especially red cabbage, is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage.
Supplement equivalent: MSM capsules