Although there is no diet cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system.
Try adding these foods to your diet and it would help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.
1. Eat fish
Fish are packed with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, experts recommend at least 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. Omega-3-rich fish include salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring.
2. Switch it up with soy
Soybeans also contain the inflammation-busting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Try heart-healthy soybeans (tofu or edamame). Soybeans are also low in fat, high in protein and fibre and an all-around good-for-you food.
3. Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with heart-healthy fats, as well as oleocanthal, which has properties similar to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
Avocado and safflower oils have shown cholesterol-lowering properties too, while walnut oil has 10 times the omega-3s that olive oil has.
Studies have shown cherries help reduce the frequency of gout attacks. Research has shown that the anthocyanins found in cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect. Anthocyanins can also be found in other red and purple fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
5. Low-fat dairy products
Low-fat dairy products, like milk, yoghurt and cheese are packed with calcium and vitamin D, both found to increase bone strength. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, and it has been shown to boost the immune system. If dairy doesn’t agree with you, aim for other calcium and vitamin D-rich foods like leafy green vegetables.
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