6 Best Foods to Fight Osteoarthritis

6 best foods to fight osteoarthritis

1. Fish

Fish and fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which according to Arthritis.org are powerful fighters of inflammation. "Omega-3s interfere with immune cells called leukocytes and enzymes known as cytokines, which are key players in the body's inflammatory response," the source says.

Meanwhile, the best fish for Omega-3 acids according to the source are Atlantic mackerel, lake trout, salmon, herring, sardines and albacore tuna. These options are also relatively low in mercury, he adds. You can also resort to Omega-3 supplements, although the source says that your body may not absorb these acids from the pills, just as you would directly from the source.

2. Organic fruits and vegetables

Apparently, eating certain fruits and vegetables will reach your knees directly, if they are affected by osteoarthritis. Healthline.com notes that consuming a steady diet of these natural foods rich in vitamins can help reduce related symptoms.

The source explains that inflammation causes "free radicals," which are molecules that damage cells in response to body toxins. The cushioning in the knees is especially vulnerable to these free radicals, he adds. Antioxidants help to form a shield against these free radicals, slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. The source recommends eating fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidant vitamin C (such as citrus fruits, raspberries, strawberries, peppers and broccoli), beta carotene (kale, sweet potato, lettuce, apricot) and bioflavonoids (onions, cherry tomatoes, cranberries and apples) fight the disease.

3. Spicy food

You can associate inflammation with heat, and obviously spices can be associated with heat, so how can they be good for osteoarthritis? Well, it turns out they are, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The source urges you to use more spices in your kitchen and do not overlook them for this purpose, also taste!

However, not all spices have to burn your mouth to get benefits: there are many milder spices to taste delicious dishes. Keep this in mind: turmeric, a yellow spice commonly combined with pepper; ginger, which works in sweet or salty foods, as well as in tea; Cinnamon, which the source says can be added to the oatmeal or smoothies; and Cayenne, which is actually the hottest in the group.

4. Green tea

Along with pure ginger tea as noted above, you could also try drinking a good cup of green tea to try to calm the symptoms of osteoarthritis. According to PreventArthritis.org, a study in mice with conditions similar to osteoarthritis shows little evidence of bone erosion when the polyphenols in green tea were added to their drinking water.

Another study cited by the source found that the addition of green tea active ingredients in cultures of human cartilage cells slowed down chemicals and enzymes that lead to cartilage damage. You can make hot green tea from a bag, or you can drink a bottle of green tea to get the benefits, he adds.

5. Peanut butter

If you are experiencing the pain associated with osteoarthritis, you may want to chew on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, suggests The Arthritis Research Institute of America. The key to peanut butter is its vitamin B3 (niacin) content, which has been found to be "more effective than a placebo in improving flexibility and reducing inflammation."

You will obtain additional benefits when consuming B3; It is also beneficial for healthy skin and proper circulation, adds the source. It can also help maintain nerve function, improve memory, lower cholesterol and aid digestion, he adds.

6. Lobster

Granted, this may not be the most economical way to treat osteoarthritis, but it could also be the most decadent form. The key ingredient of lobster to fight inflammation is vitamin E, which can help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Meanwhile, we did a quick check to see which foods contain the highest levels of vitamin E and, surprisingly, the lobster does not crack in the top 10 per serving size, at least according to HealthAliciousNess.com. Those that did include cooked spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, seafood (shrimp, crayfish and oysters), rainbow trout, olive oil, broccoli, squash (pumpkin and squash) and kiwis.

Video credits to HEALTH AREA YouTube channel

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