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||Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis|
|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 Arthritis& Osteoarthritis|
|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|
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