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Arthritis and Dietfrom: Maxx Family Life
It's good news for arthritis sufferers to know they can help to reduce their pain by a simple change of diet. Even though there's no specific proof that specific foods help or hurt, those who suffer from arthritis are advised to maintain a healthy diet. This means keeping their weight down, avoid to many carbohydrates, avoid soda and acidic foods, while maintaining a low-fat diet. Physicians often suggest the oral intake of glucosamine, which is a natural substance found in almost all tissues and it's involved in the biosynthesis of glycosaminoglycans, which is the main ingredient of the fluid that fills the space between joints and cartilage.
The body produces glucosamine naturally. If the body, for some reason, doesn't produce enough, this deficiency coul lead to arthritis.
There are foods and dietary supplements that are helpful when treating arthritis. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E may provide relief. Research suggests that a glass of orange juice every day could reduce the risk of developing some inflammatory forms of arthritis, since carotenoids, including beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, can have a protective effect.
Beta-cryptoxanthin is an active form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for skin and bone health, as well as immune function. There are fruits and vegetables rich in this vitamin such as yellow apples, mangos, oranges, peaches, apricots, cantaloupes, grapefruit, lemons, sweet corn, pineapples, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
There are doctors as well as patients who believe specific foods can act as allergens and trigger arthritis flares. These include caffeine, dairy products, nightshade vegetables (for example, tomatoes and peppers), sugar, chocolate, red meats, additives and preservatives, and salt. Losing weight for some sufferers is a good idea since this can help relieve the pressure on the joints.
In addition, helpful dietary supplements include ginger, which has been known to moderately alleviate knee symptoms, and Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil. Vitamins B9 and B12 can significantly reduce hand pain by reducing systemic inflammation, but only when taken in large doses. It's possible patients with arthritis have a vitamin D deficiency, so supplementation with vitamin D3 is recommended for pain relief.
The type of diet often depends on the type of arthritis. Anyone suffering from osteoarthritis might increase their saturated fat intake, but those with rheumatoid arthritis should maintain a diet high in protein and calcium while avoiding too much weight gain. However, there isn't a specific dietary plan to totally alleviate arthritis pain, since each person is different and will have to work out a dietary plan that works best for them.
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