Foods to help with arthritis

April 10, 2014 3:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Arthritis can be a miserable thing to have – and it can strike people much younger than you might typically think. If you suffer from this condition, and wish to find some natural remedies, then have a look below at how Naturally Good Food might be able to help you.

There are lots of different types of arthritis – it’s a general term covering all those conditions that include inflammation and pain in the joints. The usual medical treatment involves pills or injections to reduce swelling and limit pain. But diet can play a part as well – limiting certain foods and increasing your intake of others.

Can a healthy diet help?

The overall advice is to eat a diet that’s high in fruit and vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and pulses. It’s recommended that you avoid excessive intake of saturated and trans fats, sugar, refined carbohydrates, red meat and other animal products – all of which can have an inflammatory effect.

Here are a few more specific suggestions of foods, available from Naturally Good Food, that could help alleviate your symptoms. Click on the highlighted links to see our full range of each product.

  • Green tea: contains a natural anti-inflammatory antioxidant.
  • Olive oil: this oil has an anti-inflammatory compound. For the highest content of this compound, choose ‘extra virgin’ olive oil.
  • Kidney beans: these beans are particularly rich in vitamin C, which promotes cartilage health. We sell these in dried and tinned form – add to soups, stews and, of course, chillis.
  • Pineapple: as with other citrus fruits, our tinned pineapple gives a good vitamin C boost.
  • Oily fish: try salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring and mackerel – tinned fish work as well as fresh. Click here for our full range. These types of fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation.
  • Flaxseed (linseed): another good source of omega-3 fatty acids, linseed can be added to baked goods or sprinkled on cereals.
  • Chia seeds: a ‘new’ superfood – again, popular for sprinkling on cereal or adding to cookies, and especially good (due to the seeds’ thickening effect) when included in a breakfast smoothie.
  • Walnuts: like flaxseed and chia seeds, walnuts are a good provider of omega-3. Nibble them on their own, or include in sweet or savoury dishes. Personally, I could eat a slice of banana and walnut bread every day….
  • Apricots: apricots are rich in beta carotene, which is part of the carotenoid group of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Our dried apricots are delicious for snacking or for cooking with.
  • Turmeric: the perfect excuse to eat lots of curry – turmeric contains a phytonutrient with an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Ginger: another natural anti-inflammatory and an extremely versatile one. You can include ginger in baking, drink ginger tea, add ginger to spicy dishes….

The good news – perhaps the only really good news – is that all of these foods are remarkably easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Indeed, you probably already consume most of them regularly. So to make your diet the best possible one for your condition, simply increase your intake of some of these categories. Fingers (rather stiffly) crossed – you should see an improvement.

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This post was written by Yzanne

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