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Arthritis

One, Two Punch for Arthritis

13 years, 5 months ago

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Posted on Apr 04, 2005, 8 a.m. By Bill Freeman

About one in three adults, or 70 million people, suffer from arthritis. The condition causes pain, swelling and loss of movement. It can happen to both men and women at any age. While there are different treatment options, two that should not be overlooked are the foods we eat and how much we exercise.
About one in three adults, or 70 million people, suffer from arthritis. The condition causes pain, swelling and loss of movement. It can happen to both men and women at any age. While there are different treatment options, two that should not be overlooked are the foods we eat and how much we exercise. There are many natural inflammation fighters that can help reduce the pain an arthritis patient suffers.

PAIN-FREE ARTHRITIS HEALING FOODS:
(from Harris McIlwain, M.D.)

  • Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant. It contains vitamin C, calcium, and is non-dairy.

     

  • Red grapes contain resveratrol/antioxidants.

     

  • Black cherries contain antioxidants.

     

  • Pineapple contains bromelain -- an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation.

     

  • Soymilk may decrease pain, and in addition to being dairy-free, it's low in saturated fat and is an excellent meat substitute.

     

  • Cheese contains calcium for stronger bones.

     

  • Olive oil forms chemicals in the body that can decrease inflammation.

     

  • Green tea (or black tea that contains theaflavins) has strong phytochemicals that help protect the body. They short-circuit the process that leads to inflammation.

     

  • Walnuts contain vitamin B6 for healthy nerve cell communication.

     

  • Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation. Foods like salmon, sardines and tuna are good sources.

     

AND MORE FOODS:
(from The Arthritis Foundation)

  • Chili peppers -- The capsaicin in chili peppers gives food a spicy kick and fights inflammation. The hotter the food, the more capsaicin, and the greater the benefit.

     

  • Cucumbers -- The ascorbic acids in cucumbers soothe irritated skin and reduce skin inflammation.

     

  • Sweet potatoes -- These can reduce C-reactive protein, which is an inflammation-causing cytokine.

     

  • Blackberries -- The salicylic acid in these is the same active ingredient in aspirin.

     

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Harris McIlwain, M.D., is the author of Pain-Free Arthritis. The book describes a seven-step program to help patients feel better again. It includes information on exercise, foods, the latest prescription drugs, and alternative therapies.

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