Cherries and berries OMEGA-3 Fruits and vegetables garlic ginger green tea capsicum papaya and pineapple shiitake mushroom turmeric
More than 2 million people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis pain, with another 21 million affected by osteoarthritis.
There is also gout, lupus and fibromyalgia; all forms of arthritis. Most people think that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the elderly. Actually, arthritis hits most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age.
Those people suffering from osteoarthritis can expect to feel it in their thirties. Osteoarthritis is the disease that causes pain from the wear and tear of joint cartilage.
Some people rely heavily on NSAIDS, or anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAID's don't promote healing, although they reduce the pain and swelling.
Frequent use of these drugs can lead to stomach irritation, increased bleeding, and impaired kidney function.
Lauri Aesoph, N.D., wrote "How to Eat Away Arthritis." Not that junk foods cause arthritis, but certain foods often trigger food allergies, which may weaken the immune system. There are foods that naturally help reduce inflammation.
Spices, botanicals, teas, and certain oils, can boost your healing capability.
Aesoph explains that some foods exacerbate inflammation. Animal fats contain arachidonic acid; a natural inflammatory.
Nightshade foods such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers, are believed to contribute to inflammation and inhibit joint repair.
Here are the top ten foods that help reduce joint pain and stiffness:
Cherries and berries - contain antioxidants that protect cartilage. Strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries are also good. Omega-3 fatty acids - walnut, primrose, borage, grapeseed, and flaxseed oils. These fatty acids are also found in fish such as salmon. Fruits and vegetables - high in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. The more you eat, the better. Garlic - Not only an anti-inflammatory, but also an antibiotic as well. Take the real thing or odorless garlic capsules. Ginger - Spices up dishes, while inhibiting pain-producing prostaglandins. Green tea - Contains polyphenols that fight oxidants. Drink 5 cups or more daily. Hot peppers - Considered anti-inflammatory, along with an analgesic. Paprika, jalapeno, and cayenne are all great. Capsicum is a topical creme that can be found in health food stores. Papaya and pineapple - Two important enzymes, bromelain and papain are great anti-inflammatories. Eat fresh if possible. Shiitake mushrooms - Help boost the immune system. Great in salads, stir fry, and soups. Turmeric - A spice that reduces inflammation if taken liberally each day.