Arthritis is becoming an increasingly common condition, with an increase from 4.6 million cases to 5.1 million expected in the 8 major markets by 2029. In the UK over 10 million people are sufferers and in the USA 1 in 3 have the disease.
There are many forms but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both cause pain and swelling and can be very difficult to live with. The increase in the number of sufferers is mainly a result of an ageing population and a rise in obesity levels.
So, as more people are having to live with this disease, can diet help?
The answer to this is yes, by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight some of the symptoms of arthritis can be alleviated. However, this can be taken further by focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet.
At the root of most arthritis pain is inflammation so if this can be reduced or suppressed- great!
An anti-inflammatory diet cuts down or eliminates foods suspected of causing oxidative stress (caused by an excess of free radicals) and encourages the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants.
Recommended anti-inflammatory foods include:
- Fresh fruits, including apples, cherries, tomatoes, apricots, berries, grapes, and avocados
- Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard, wheatgrass and broccoli
- Other vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, celery and onions
- Oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies
- Oils, including flaxseed, olive oils and Omega 3
- Nuts, including almonds and walnuts
- Spices, including ginger and turmeric
- Whole grains, including wheat, barley, rice, buckwheat, bulgur wheat, oats and quinoa.
Foods to avoid:
- Junk foods:fast food, convenience meals, potato chips, pretzels
- Refined carbohydrates:white bread, pasta, white rice, crackers, flour and biscuits
- Fried foods: fries, doughnuts, fried chicken, burgers
- Sugary beverages:soda, sweet tea, energy drinks, sports drinks
- Processed meats: bacon, canned meat, salami, hot dogs, sausages
- Trans fats: shortening and margarine
- Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption
Whilst there is no one diet to suit everyone, taking on board some of the points above may help alleviate the inflammation of arthritis and thus some of the pain.
It is also worth considering incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet.
Studies have shown that wheatgrass can reduce inflammation as it contains antioxidants . Antioxidants fight chronic inflammation, which happens when the immune system reacts to unwanted substances, often mistakenly.
Wheatgrass is also extremely rich in chlorophyll which due to its antioxidant and nutritional properties protects cells from oxidative damage and inflammation.
This means that wheatgrass could help counteract the effects of arthritis, colitis, stomach ulcers, sore throats and other conditions that arise due to inflammation.
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