Arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by pain and stiffness as well as swelling brought about by inflammation. While changing your diet may not reduce inflammation completely, it can certainly help reduce the amount of medication you need and the side effects.
Below is a list of some foods you may consider including in your anti arthritis diet:
1. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lime and grapefruit are rich in vitamin C which is paramount for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen helps repair blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and bones, thus it's helpful for patients suffering from arthritis. Citrus fruits also contain antioxidants which help fight inflammation as well. Drink a glass of orange juice in the morning, eat half a grapefruit for a snack and squeeze some lemon juice on the food while cooking to fully realize the healing power of vitamin C.
Another food that you should make part of your anti arthritis diet is the carrot. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene which are known to fight inflammation. It's advisable that you eat these vegetables on a regular basis in small portions as opposed to eating them in large quantities. A single serving should contain 1/2 cup of carrot juice, 1 large carrot or up to 7 baby carrots.
3. Whole Grains
Whole grains should be part of your anti arthritis diet if you want suppress symptoms of the disease. Most whole grains contain nutrients such as vitamin E. They are also associated with better weight control and therefore can help reduce pain and other arthritis symptoms. Consider switching from eating white bread to whole wheat and make a bowl of oatmeal part of your breakfast menu.
An anti arthritis diet presents a natural, cheap way of dealing with the joint and bone pain associated with the disease. Whenever you're in doubt on which foods to include in your diet, you may seek advice from a health and nutrition expert or a doctor.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.