5 Foods That Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

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“Things that most people take for granted, for example sleeping, bathing, brushing one’s teeth, getting dressed, making meals, and even driving a car, are extremely challenging for me.” ~ Mrs. ‘K.D.’: “Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis currently affects about 55 million Americans.  There are many different forms of this disease, out of which gout ,fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are the most common.

The symptom that they have in common is an aching, hot, dull joint pain. Anyone who has experienced arthritic pain can confirm this is one of the worst types of pain out there.  This throbbing pain is result of an inflammation of the intersecting bone, cartilage and ligaments.

WHY FOOD MAY BE THE BEST OPTION FOR ARTHRITIS

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Prescription drugs for arthritis work for about 2 out of every 3 arthritis sufferers. Even worse, “…the drugs are expensive,” states WebMD, “they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month.”

This is a lot of money, isn’t it? Even considering health insurance, the costs are likely to each into hundreds of dollars.

Due to these costs, many people reach for over-the-counter meds (e.g., NSAIDs, aspirin) which are known to cause health problems like headaches, dizziness to liver failure.

Probably the safest and cheapest way to deal with arthritis pain is through nutrition. “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated,” according to The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine.

5 FOODS THAT CAN HELP REDUCE ARTHRITIS PAIN

First and foremost, it is important to stay away from trigger foods, meaning foods that produce unfavorable bodily response, such as inflammation.  Some of the most common trigger foods include nightshades, dairy, beef, corn, wheat, and read meats.

Here are 5 foods that help reduce arthritis pain in an all-natural pain:

1. Apples

Apples are packed with ruin and quercetin, bioflavonoids that stop the release of histamine, improve blood circulation, promote cellular health, and protect the body from inflammation.

Other sources of rutin and quercetin include capers, celery, onions, green peppers,  cranberries, and citrus fruits like lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit.

2. Almonds

Almonds are extremely high in vitamin E! In fact, an ounce of almonds provides up to 7.3 milligrams of this nutrient.  Vitamin E is known to stabilize cell membranes, and along with zinc, to promote healthy growth of cartilage.

3. Lamb

Lamb is a great source of zinc, a mineral with countless important roles in the human body. According to the Arthritis Association, “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.” Individuals whose tests revealed “the lowest levels (of zinc)” tended to have it worse off.

Other sources of zinc include poultry, seafood, red meat, whole grains, nuts, bean, fortified cereals, and pumpkin seeds.

4. Eggs

Protein in eggs increases the tryptophan in blood. This compound is the building block of serotonin, a brain chemical that increases pain threshold and boosts mood.

Other sources of tryptophan include turkey, salmon, cheese, nuts, seeds, tofu, and pineapples.

5. Cold Water Fish

Cold water fish is high in omega-3 fats, which are known for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  Omega-3 fats contain marine fatty acids that suppress body`s inflammatory response by impeding immune cells and enzymes involved in it.

The best sources of omega-3 fats include sardines, tuna, salmon and mackerel.  As for vegetarian sources, the best include soy, kale flaxseeds and chia seeds.