5 Foods to Eat to Help Manage Arthritis

Senior citizen sitting outside in garden in summer having a drinWhile there are several different types of arthritis the most common form is Osteoarthritis (OA). According to the National Arthritis Foundation , almost 27 million people live with OA. It is a chronic and degenerative disease that causes the cartilage in joints to deteriorate. That results in bones rubbing against each other causing pain, inflexibility and eventually a diminished or complete loss of movement. While there is no real “cure” for arthritis, there are ways you can better manage the disease. Controlling your weight, exercising, and physical therapy can all help. A diet rich in foods that help reduce inflammation offer relief.

 The aging experts here at St. Charles Community offer older adults in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati our recommendations for foods to include in your diet if you live with Osteoarthritis: 

  • ·        Green Tea – This much talked about tea packs a healthy punch. It contains a natural antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Research indicates that EGCG helps block production of some of the inflammatory chemicals in your body. That may help keep the cartilage in joints from further break down.
  • ·        Ginger – The health benefits of ginger are really beginning to stack up. Ginger contains some of the same chemicals that are used in arthritis medications. They help to prevent and reduce inflammation. Nutritionists suggest grating ginger to include in your tea or on fruit. Baking ginger muffins is also another quick way to include the spice in your daily menu.
  • ·        Vitamin C Rich Foods – We know Vitamin C helps to pump up your immune system. Another benefit of foods like oranges, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers and cauliflower is that they help with collagen production. Collagen is a major component of healthy cartilage.
  • ·        Anthocyanins – These are found in foods like cherries, raspberries, red and green grapes, plums and strawberries. Anthocyanins inhibit production of some inflammatory causing chemicals which helps to keep your connective tissues healthy.
  • ·        Omega-3 Fats – This is another type of food we already know is good for our heart. But it is also good to help fight inflammation. Foods rich in omega-3 fats include salmon, herring, chia seeds, flax seed, walnuts, rainbow trout and more.

To learn more about ways to manage your Arthritis, we recommend visiting the National Arthritis Foundation . Their rich array of information and resources can offer you tips on everything from types of exercise that can help to the latest research findings.

 

Do you have a family history of osteoarthritis? What tips can you offer others living with OA?

 

St. Charles Community is Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati’s most trusted senior care partner. A faith-based, nonprofit organization, we have served elders in our community for over 50 years. Contact us today at 859.331.3224 for your senior care and living needs.
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