Arthritis: 5 foods that help reduce chronic pain

By Shruti Saxena | Last Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 18:20

Arthritis is a form of inflammation of joints. It involves severe pain, swelling in joints, and joint stiffness. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, of which Osteoarthritis is the most common. Sounds painful? It is indeed agonising.

Going by data in our own country, India currently is home to around 2.5 million arthritis patients, according to experts.

As such there is no cure for arthritis, but definitely a change in lifestyle accompanied with small alterations in one’s diet can yield big returns in keeping a check on the disease.

Here are five superfoods that can help ease arthritis pain.

Fish

Believe it or not but eating at least one portion of oily fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel once a week could halve the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. This is so because fish contains abundance of Omega- 3 fatty acids which decrease the production of chemicals that spread the chronic joint condition. In addition, fish oil also contains Vitamin D, which helps prevent swelling and soreness.

Flaxseed oil

Make room for this wonder food as flaxseeds as just 2 tablespoons contain loads of omega-3s and help ease inflammation and joint pain. It also contains alpha-linolenic acid and lignans which have antioxidant benefits.

Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as `Haldi`, has been on the Indian food menu since eons. It is widely used in Indian cooking. Studies suggest that turmeric helps a lot in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Green tea

It’s official that tea is good for your health. The active ingredients in green tea namely polyphenols and flavonoids boost the immune system, thereby showing promise to help ease the inflammation and pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Tart cherries

Researchers suggest that drinking tart cherry juice twice daily for three weeks can lead to significant reductions in chronic inflammation. Also, the sweet and tangy, red coloured, tiny seasonal fruit is rich in the antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins - which help relieve muscle and joint soreness.  

Compiled by: Shruti Saxena



First Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:37

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