If you suffer from arthritis, you will be well aware that over-the-counter pain medication may become a common fixture in your life. Perhaps it already is.
Unfortunately, the risk of addiction to some individuals, combined with the negative side effects of over-consumption of these medications puts them out of reach for many individuals.
If this is you, don’t despair! Considering natural ways to seek relief for your joint pain is one alternative. This is so easy to do, you can start it in your own kitchen.
Although there are no guarantees, many arthritis patients see success by incorporating certain foods into their diets. Here is a list of 6 foods, which you will likely already have in your pantry, that may relieve your joint pain symptoms:
The EGCG in green tea suppresses inflammation in the connective tissue of arthritis sufferers.
Green tea can be a delicious way to relieve symptoms for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It can be enjoyed as a hot beverage, or perhaps a Mint and Lime Iced Green Tea is more up your alley.
This article is a roundup of 14 Green Tea Recipes That Go Beyond the Teacup – nr 3 is our favorite! Which one is yours?
A large number of studies show the anti-inflammatory benefits of foods that are high in the antioxidant vitamin C.
Good lower sugar sources include tomatoes and tomato juice, but you can also find vitamin C in many other fruits with a low to moderate sugar content - including grapefruit and lemons.
A morning routine which includes hot water and fresh lemon slices will give your Vitamin C levels a healthy boost.
Some nuts are rich in magnesium, l-arginine and vitamin E, which may play a role in keeping inflammation at bay.
They are also a good source of protein and antioxidant vitamins and minerals. In addition, some nuts and seeds are high in alpha linoleic acid (ALA), a type of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid.
Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in these nutrients tend to have lower levels of inflammation-causing molecules that circulate in the bloodstream, and higher levels of the anti-inflammatory protein adiponectin, compared with those who consumed less.
Just like nuts, some beans contain the class of omega-3 fatty acids known as ALA.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some research suggests that regularly consuming alpha-linolenic acid can alleviate joint stiffness and reduce inflammation in people with arthritis.
A word of caution though: some beans can aggravate the symptoms of joint pain, so make sure you check with your doctor before embarking on a Frank-and-Beans diet.
Ever wondered why your Italian Nonna never suffered from joint pain? It's because of all the garlic she used while preparing food...
Garlic is a tasty addition to just about any savory dish.
Like onions and leeks, it contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Garlic, therefore can help fight the pain, inflammation and cartilage damage of arthritis. Thanks Nonna!
Whole grains are a healthier choice for many reasons when compared to refined grains.
The process of refining grains removes much of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and phytochemicals from the grain- reducing their health benefits and nutritional value.
What this means is that by eating refined grains, you reduce the inflammation-reducing nutrients in your diet, which can worsen joint pain.
Furthermore, refined grains cause an unhealthy spike in blood glucose levels which one study found increases pro-inflammatory cytokine concentrations which can worsen arthritis pain and inflammation.
Convinced yet? The healthy alternative sure seems much easier to try than all the over-the-counter-pain-relievers, don't you think?
The above mentioned foods may assist you if you are suffering from arthritis. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.
Be prepared to experiment with foods in your diet to see which ones work for you, and which ones don’t. Trial and error can help you determine which foods are the best at relieving your own, unique pain.
We know it can be tricky to remember which foods to buy, and which foods to avoid. To help you remember the good ones, we've made this handy guide for you to keep the above listed foods in mind next time you go shopping.