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Foods to Fight Arthritis

These foods boost your immune system, fight inflammation and strengthen bones to help fight arthritis.

Food is the best natural medicine for many health conditions. It is a concept that is all too often forgotten by many people who have an orientation towards taking pharmaceutical drugs for any ailment.

Arthritis Today recently put together a list of the foods that are most helpful to people with arthritis. These foods boost your immune system, fight inflammation and strengthen bones.

Food  Functional Benefit Particularly Helpful for
Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel & Herring Omega-3 fatty acids for reducing inflammation Rheumatoid Arthritis
Soybeans Omega-3 fatty acids for reducing inflammation Rheumatoid Arthritis
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Heart-healthy fats for reducing inflammation Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
Cherries Anthocyanins for reducing inflammation Gout
Low-fat Milk, Yogurt & Cheese Calcium & vitamin D for increased bone strength OsteoporosisOsteoarthritis
Broccoli Calcium for its bone-building benefits Osteoarthritis
Green Tea Antioxidants for reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage destruction Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Oranges, Grapefruits & Limes Vitamin C to prevent inflammatory arthritis and maintain healthy joints  Rheumatoid ArthritisOsteoarthritis
Oatmeal, Brown Rice and Whole-grain Cereals Lowers C-reactive protein (CRP) for reducing inflammation  Rheumatoid Arthritis
Red Beans, Kidney Beans & Pinto Beans Fiber to lower C-reactive protein (CRP) and protein for muscle health Rheumatoid Arthritis
Garlic Diallyl disulphine to limit cartilage-damaging enzymes in human cells Osteoarthritis
Walnuts, Pine Nuts, Pistachios & Almonds Protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E for reducing inflammation and muscle health Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

References

  • http://www.arthritistoday.org/tools-and-resources/slideshows/best-foods-for-arthritis.php
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