We are what we eat!
Any condition which limits movement and causes pain in the joints is called Osteoarthritis. It is common knowledge that cartilage (the smooth surface at the head of the bone) and bone health impact on joint health. Inflammation of bone/joint, bone spurs and long-term wear and tear all have a role to play, but importantly, Osteoarthritis is not an inevitable part of ageing but our daily routine, lifestyle and dietary choices do play a crucial role in the development of this disease. Together with a healthy active lifestyle our joints need nutritional support to stay mobile and pain-free. For example, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and provides structure to skin, organs, joints and bones. While anti-oxidants are used to minimize breakdown at the bone surface, and minerals and vitamins such as vitamin D can help to re-build bone. Studies have shown that the perennial Omega 3 fatty acids act as anti-inflammatory agents and are a reliable alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
Healthy foods for joint pain relief
Vitamin E: Protects cells from free radical damage, which may help promote joint comfort and has been shown to promote a healthy circulatory system.
Wheat Sprouts: A natural source of antioxidant enzymes with detoxifying properties.
Selenium: Has antioxidant properties to protect cellular health.
Vitamin B12: Powerful blood-building factor and key nutrient for new growth.
Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables are full of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are small compounds that act like warriors in the body. They seek out and neutralize damaging molecules that can cause inflammation. And, a recent study noted that a lower intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of developing inflammatory arthritis.
Marine (sea food) products: In addition, marine products such as Green Lipped Mussel powder, Fish Oils, Shark Cartilage and Marine Collagen provide many of the nutrients necessary for healthy joints (in various forms). Fatty fish like Solomon and fish oil are specifically important in osteoarthritis. Fish oils can reduce general inflammation, reducing both pain and your long-term risk of arthritis and heart disease. Two to three portions a week give maximum health benefit.
Finally, while there is no real scientific evidence behind this, experiences show that avoidance of certain foods may of be of significant benefit in several people with arthritis. For example, milk and other dairy products, red meat, cereal products, citrus fruits, chocolate, spices, and alcohol have been implicated in the aggravation of symptoms and, therefore, should be consumed in the minimum quantities possible. Cutting out these foods entirely could be a great way to enjoy natural arthritis pain relief without the use of drugs and improve your quality of life.
All in all, like many other severe and chronic illnesses, diet / food has a direct and special connection with arthritis. You should, therefore, make your dietary choices wisely and timely.
After all, we are what we eat!