Healing Arthritis with Low Inflammation Foods
Both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis seems to have become a global scourge. Since both types of arthritis have a direct link to inflammation in the body, and food has a lot to do with inflammation, lets discover some anti inflammatory foods.
Osteoarthritis: Broccoli sprouts have some amazing benefits for prevention and management. Namely “sulforaphane — which humans can also get from Brussels sprouts and cabbage — blocked a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage.”~sulforaphane — which humans can also get from Brussels sprouts and cabbage — blocked a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage.~Ian Clark, researcher, BBC News.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Helps eating as much or close to raw as possible. Fresh vegetable juicing also really helps.
For both types, you will not find any low inflamation foods among processed foods. Also limit all Sugars, even sugary fruit like grapes, mangos.
Do eat high quality animal based foods: grassfed meats, organs, (raw) eggs,
Krill oil For its rich content of anti-inflammatory astaxanthin and omega 3.
Vitamin D ” it is now virtually criminal negligent malpractice to treat a person with RA and not aggressively monitor their vitamin D levels to confirm they’re in a therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml.” ~DR Mercola
Fermented Vegetables: help repopulate your gut with beneficial microbes that kill pathogenic ones which destroy immune system and make one prone to autoimmune diseases. Eat 4 to 6 ounces a day of fermented veggies.
Exercise Arthritis Link
Besides low inflammation foods supplements and exercise really work! Yes research now strongly indicates that exercise is good for keeping your joints healthy!
Osteoarthritis: high intensity interval training, weight training, stretching, and core work.: when you include all of these regulraly you can reduce joint pain, thereby breaking the cycle of ever decreasing pain induced inactivity.
Special focus on strengthening quads. For those with knee arthritis non weight bearing HIIT ( swimming/cycling etc)is best.
Exercise also helps prevent and manage rheumatoid arthritis.
“Research from Northwestern University School of Medicine found that over 40 percent of men and 56 percent of women with knee osteoarthritis did not engage in even one 10-minute period of moderate-to-vigorous activity all week.”~Mercola
Supplement Anti Arthritis
Epsom Salt Soaks or Creams: sources of magnesium
Some of the following supplements are also low inflammation foods>>
- Infrared laser: Infraredlaser treatment (also called K-Laser) is a relatively new type of therapy that speeds healing by increasing tissue oxygenation and allowing injured cells to absorb photons of light. This special type of laser has positive affects on muscles, ligaments and even bones, so it can be used to speed the healing of traumatic injuries, as well as chronic problems like arthritis of the knee.
- Astaxanthin: An antioxidant that affects a wide range of inflammation mediators, but in a gentler, less concentrated manner and without the negative side effects of steroidal and NSAID drugs. Astaxanthin significantly reduces inflammation in many people—in one study, more than 80 percent of arthritis sufferers improved.15
- Eggshell membrane: The eggshell membrane is the unique protective barrier between the egg white and the mineralized eggshell. The membrane contains elastin, a protein that supports cartilage health, and collagen, a fibrous protein that supports cartilage and connective tissue strength and elasticity. Eggshell membrane also contains transforming growth factor-B, a protein that helps with tissue rejuvenation, in addition to other amino acids and structural components that provide your joints with the building blocks they need to build cartilage.
- Hyaluronic acid (HA): Hyaluronic acid is a key component of cartilage required for moving nutrients into and waste out of your cells. One of HA’s most important biological functions is the retention of water. Unfortunately, as you age your body produces less and less HA. Oral HA supplementation may improve your joint cushioning in just two to four months.
- Grounding, or walking barefoot on the earth, may also provide a certain measure of pain relief due to its potent antioxidant effect that combats inflammation.
- Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” I’ve found this Indian herb to be particularly useful in treating the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. With sustained use, boswellia may improve the blood flow to your joints, which may boost their strength and flexibility.
- Turmeric/curcumin: A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that taking turmeric extracts each day for six weeks was just as effective as ibuprofen for relieving knee osteoarthritis pain.16 This is most likely related to the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin—the pigment that gives turmeric its vibrant yellow color.
- Animal-based omega-3 fats: Omega-3 fats are excellent for arthritis because they are well known for reducing inflammation. Look for a high-quality, animal-based source such as krill oil.
• Curcumin (turmeric) in particular has been shown to be effective against both acute and chronic pain. Curcumin is most known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and can inhibit both the excessive activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation. In experiments on rats, turmeric appeared to block inflammatory pathways associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
A study1 published in April 2012 revealed that a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was more effective in alleviating RA symptoms, including tenderness and swelling of joints, than the NSAID drug Voltaren. Not only that, those who were taking the curcumin only actually experienced the most improvement across the board
• Boswellia, also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense” is another herb I’ve found to be particularly useful against arthritic inflammation and associated pain
• Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and can offer pain relief. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice
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